A new poll of business executives and owners shows that optimism about the economy is growing, but it is more prevalent among big business officials than owners of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMB).
The poll of 202 SMB businesses (five to 499 employees) and 77 big businesses (more than 500 employees) was conducted by City Business Journals Network, a unit of Austin Business Journal parent American City Business Journals.
The poll found that in September, 38 percent of SMB owners agreed that the economy was “definitely” turning around. That was up from 28 percent in August. Meanwhile, 48 percent of executives at large companies thought that a turnaround was under way.