Regional Scores

Regional Scores

National index score: 66.3

SOUTH REGION

Southern small business owners were the most optimistic for the second quarter in a row, with 67% rating their overall health as good compared to an average of 62% nationally.

Businesses in the South are more likely to be positive on the overall health of the country (62%), their local economy (52%), and are looking to hire (38%) more any other region.

Small businesses in the South are looking to invest at a greater rate (35%) than the national average.

MIDWEST REGION

Half of all small businesses (50%) in the Midwest anticipate revenue growth, the weakest of all regions.

Small businesses in the Midwest reported the weakest health, overall, with only 56% rating their company in good health.

NORTHEAST REGION

Small business owners in the Northeast continue to have the bleakest view of their local economy compared to any other region, with just a third (37%) reporting that their local economy is in good health.

WEST REGION

Businesses in the West anticipate the strongest rise in profits this year, with 68% of companies anticipating increased sales. That compares to an average of 61% across all regions.