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A survey released last month by the National Federation of Independent Businesses indicates small business optimism is improving, but the levels are still not high enough to show the economy is expanding.

“Small Business Optimism Improves, But Don’t Get Too Excited”
The NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism increased 1.8 points from last month to 95.2. This is the first time the index has reached 95 since October 2007. The gain is modest but it’s still the best reading post-recession, NFIB reports. The main contributor to the improved reading came from expected business conditions.

Telling, though, and understandable to those in the landscape industry is this stat: 51 percent of the owners hired or tried to hire in the last three months and 41 percent reported few or no qualified applicants for open positions.

Just ask Lance Forsee about this. Or Christy Webber.

Where are all the workers? Are you having this same trouble? If so, what have you done to combat it? Let us know in the comments or on social media.


Marisa Palmieri

About the Author:

Marisa Palmieri is an experienced Green Industry editor who's won numerous awards for her coverage of the landscape and golf course markets from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), the Press Club of Cleveland and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In 2007, ASBPE named her a Young Leader. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, cum laude, from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

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