The past year has been a fairly strong one for small businesses, with both optimism and new company creation on the rise as the contingent awaits the Trump presidency in 2017.
A widely watched report from the Kauffman Foundation released earlier this year found annual start-up activity increased in 2016 for the second straight year after falling during the recession. New company creation was bolstered by growth among both women and minorities. More recent data, from the National Federation of Independent Business, found optimism levels after the election of Donald Trump at heights not seen in nearly a year.
But what lies ahead for Main Street remains to be seen, with 2017 just around the corner and a new administration right behind it. Over the past year, CNBC has profiled some 40 companies in 12 different cities across the country for our Small Business Cities series. Just over one month since the election, we checked in with some of the entrepreneurs we profiled to hear their thoughts on key small-business issues and prospects for next year.