While optimism among small business owners is still not as high as it was in 2008 before the recession hit its full stride, things are looking up.
That's the word from the National Federation of Independent Business, which released its monthly Small Business Optimism Index today.
NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg told CNBC.com that the 1.8 percent rise in optimism this month comes from indicators that bode well for more increases in the coming months.
"Last month's gain of 1.3 percent came totally from less pessimism about the economy. This month, outlook for sales turned around from a negative number to a positive number," he said, noting that that means business owners could be planning to hire and purchase new equipment, which are all good indications for growth.