KEY POINTS
  • Small business owners are more optimistic about their operations and the overall economy at the start of 2024, according to a survey by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Voices.
  • The survey adds to a recent string of data showing consumers and businesses have started to grow more confident about the economy.
  • Small business owners are still worried about inflation and their ability to access capital.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a Rose Garden event at the White House to mark National Small Business Week on May 1, 2023 in Washington, DC.

Small business owners are more optimistic to start the year, even as they face persistent inflation and lending concerns, a new poll released Thursday found.

Seventy-five percent of small business owners are optimistic about their financial trajectory in 2024, up from 68% a year earlier, according to a survey by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Voices, a policy advocate for small business owners.