This small business survey shows a more optimistic picture than others
The Thumbtack Small Business Sentiment Index continued on an upward trajectory during the first quarter, suggesting that the small-business sector may be performing better than some analysts had assumed. This trend contradicts the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, which declined sharply during the first quarter. Sole proprietorships — the ultra-low end of the small business sector — constitute a population that is difficult for other surveys to reach. Most economic sentiment indexes only survey national level sentiment.
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