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American Express survey: Small business optimistic

A survey conducted recently by American Express shows that small business owners’ optimism on business prospects and the economy continues to rise. The Small Business Monitor, in its 13th year, reports that 63 percent of the owners maintain a positive outlook, the highest level since fall 2007 (64 percent). Among other findings: 57 percent of small business owners plan to make capital investments over the next six months (up from 54 last fall), 42 percent say their revenues are higher than a year ago , 79 percent feel confident they can access the capital they need (up from 72 percent six months ago) and 43 percent are concerned over cash flow (down from 49 percent this spring).