According to reports from the NFIB Research Foundation, small-business owners are optimistic for 2006, following solid fourth quarter performances.

Research showed that feelings were positive regarding job creations, inventory investment and capital spending data. Although it isn't expected that 2006 will set any growth records, it is expected that an increase in government and investment spending will help drive a strong year.

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