Wisconsin businesses plan investments in 2014

BMO Harris Bank released a study today that found the majority of business owners and executives in Wisconsin plan on investing in their business in 2014.

Upgrading or purchasing new equipment, along with adding to their workforce. were cited as the primary expenditures planned.

“The economic recovery that has been taking place over the past few years has been driven by businesses of all shapes and sizes,” said Jeff Ticknor, managing director and head of commercial banking of Wisconsin BMO Harris Bank. “With that in mind, it is promising to note that, in the coming year, a majority of business leaders in Wisconsin have plans to invest capital back into their businesses in pursuit of further growth.”

When business owners/executives were asked where they would make those business investments:

  • 28 percent said they would upgrade or purchase new equipment.
  • 20 percent plan to hire more employees.
  • 20 percent were planning to expand operations.

Nearly half (44 percent) of respondents in Wisconsin are not planning business investments in 2014, with the current economic climate (28 percent) and a lack of capital on hand (20 percent) cited as the primary reasons.

When business owners/executives nationwide were asked where they would make business investments:

  • 42 percent said they would upgrade or purchase new equipment.
  • 26 percent planned on hiring more employees.
  • 25 percent were focused on modernizing technology and systems.
  • 24 percent planned on expanding operations.

Notably, business executives and owners of companies with revenues of over $20 million per year were particularly bullish, with more than 80 percent planning on investing in their business in 2014. 

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