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SmartPulse: 70% of small-business leaders say first half of 2011 was same or better than 2010

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Small Business — tracks feedback from small-business owners. We run the poll question each Thursday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How has your business done in the first half of 2011?

  • Better than the first half of 2010: 50%
  • Worse than the first half of 2010: 28.68%
  • Same as the first half of 2010: 21.32%

It’s great to see a vast majority of responses in the “same” or “better” category. Since this time last year, we’ve seen many positive economic indicators. Although things might not be moving as fast as we would like, I’m hoping this information, coupled with last week’s poll on investing in your business, is a good sign. Companies that are holding their own as well as making investments are positioned well for growth.

Sharlyn Lauby is the HR Bartender and president of ITM Group.