Small-business confidence is at a record level, and business owners plan to hire more workers now than they have in years. But there is a problem: The lack of skilled workers is leaving many open job postings on Main Street unfilled.
Bolstered by a strong economy, small-business confidence is continuing to climb to record levels, even in the face of a potential trade war and an increasingly tight job market, according to the latest report from CNBC and SurveyMonkey.
The recent furor over President Trump's immigrant children detention policy didn't change the outlook of a key conservative constituency: small-business owners. The Main Street view on immigration has been remarkably stable in the Trump era.
For the first time since CNBC and SurveyMonkey began tracking small-business confidence a year ago, a majority of small-business owners say conditions look good.
Small-business owners in retail are the most likely to have Facebook pages and spend money on Facebook ads. And they plan to continue, according to the CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey.
The outlook on Main Street is more positive after a full year under President Trump, according to the full four quarters of data from CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey now in.
Americans want to see tax cuts turn into a pay raise, but on Main Street most small-business owners don't plan to increase employee wages.
Detroit wants the new Amazon headquarters more than any other city, and its residents are also the most willing to work for Jeff Bezos.
The business world wants to see tax reform become law, but business-owner talk about tax cuts is shaded by political bias.