Small businesses see some improvement in the economy, but they are still wary of excess spending or hiring, according to a shipper survey by trucking company Saia.
Fifty-six percent of the businesses surveyed by Saia said the economy was improving “somewhat” or strongly, up from 35 percent a year ago, the carrier said.
The less-than-truckload carrier’s annual National Survey of Small to Medium-sized Business Executives is a measurement of shipper sentiment on the economy.
The economy is still the greatest challenge for small businesses, shippers told Saia, with 59 percent ranking the health of the U.S. economy as their top concern.
Other top concerns were increased costs of running a business, government regulation, health care costs, hiring qualified employees and fuel prices.