Survey finds widespread business optimism for 2015

Newtek Business Services Corp., with a portfolio of more than 100,000 business accounts, has announced the findings of its Small Business Authority Market Sentiment Survey, indicating the vast majority of small business owners across the nation are more optimistic than pessimistic about the U.S. economy in 2015.

The survey of more than 1,100 respondents found that 77 percent of business owners are more optimistic than pessimistic regarding the economy going into 2015.

Barry Sloane, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the Newtek Small Business Authority, said, “Business owners are far more optimistic about the 2015 economic environment than they were in 2014. A robust stock market, low interest rate environment and the U.S. economy demonstrating superiority over all other countries is what is driving the significant optimistic shift amongst our independent business owners.”

The reasons for business optimism in 2015, as well as the challenges, will be explored at the 2015 Northern Trust Economic Trends Breakfast to be presented by BizTimes on Thursday, Jan. 29. To register to attend, visit

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