VIDEO: CEOs SOUND OFFExecutives respond to survey questions
Economic headwinds remain stiff — that’s a clear message from the 285 U.S. small business leaders and 340 CEOs of companies listed on NYSE Euronext markets who participated in the 8th annual NYSE Euronext CEO Report. Small business owners are reining in their hiring this year and next as they cope with stagnant growth and difficulties obtaining capital. Public-company CEOs, by contrast, expect that their companies will grow and add jobs in 2013. Both groups believe that it will be small, entrepreneurial companies creating most of the private-sector jobs over the next three years, even though they agree that the environment for entrepreneurs is unfavorable.
Yet as public-company and small business leaders peer into the post-election future, they’re optimistic, primed to unlock potential for expansion and opportunity, and hoping for reduced regulation and taxes.