According to a nationwide poll of U.S. small-business owners and
managers by the International Profit Associates Small Business
Research Board (IPA SBRB), rising energy and fuel costs currently
are the greatest issues affecting small businesses. The increasing
cost of materials is cited as the second most significant
The poll is part of a study being conducted by IPA SBRB, which
tracks the views of small-business owners regarding economic and
The poll found energy and fuel costs most significantly affect
15 percent of small businesses, and material cost most
significantly affects 13 percent. The poll also revealed small
businesses are unprepared for disasters; have differing opinions
about whether the minimum wage should increase; and are divided
about the future...
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