small business

Almost 70% of small and medium business (SMB) owners are optimistic they’ll see business growth, expansion or increased revenue over the next 12 months, despite their unease over political uncertainty in Washington, according to a new survey released today by marketplace and small business platform Purch, owner of

The current administration’s plans for deregulation pleased 61% of small business owners surveyed, who note that the promise of deregulation has impacted their business plans, with 34% saying the impact would be huge.

Regulations have hindered new hires, according to 56% of SMB owners, while 33% say regulations block investment in new technology, software, and equipment. Of the respondents who envisioned an acquisition or other liquidity event over the next year, 63% said it would be facilitated by deregulation.