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The Florida Chamber of Commerce recently revealed the results of our second quarter Small Business Index Survey, which shows “Workforce Quality” and“Government Regulations” as the top issues Florida's job creators are concerned about.
But perhaps what's more disturbing is fewer Florida job creators have confidence in our state's business climate.
"Fewer small businesses have confidence that Florida’s business climate is headed in the right direction," said Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation. "Only 15 percent of businesses are confident – that’s down substantially from 26 percent who indicated they were confident in the previous quarterly survey, and down from 32 percent in the second quarter survey two years ago."
On the bright side, 70 percent of respondents expect their sales will increase over the next year – up slightly from 68 percent during our last survey.
"Florida’s small businesses continue to face a number of challenges, including increased concerns
about workforce quality and healthcare costs,” said Tami Fitzpatrick, Chair of the Florida Chamber’s
Small Business Council, and Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Entropy Technology Design, Inc.
“Florida’s economy is dependent on the small business community, and the Florida Chamber’s
Small Business Council remains committed to advocating on their behalf.”
Click here to view the full report.