SOURCE: SurePayroll


July 11, 2016 11:48 ET

The SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard®: Hot Button Issues Low on Owners' List of Concerns

Minimum Wage, Immigration, Health Care Not Their Biggest Challenges

GLENVIEW, IL--(Marketwired - July 11, 2016) - Small business owners are not heavily focused on such hot button political issues as minimum wage increases, health care reform and immigration, according to the June 2016 SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard®.

When asked to name their biggest challenges in 2016:

  • 22% said slow economic growth nationwide.
  • 18% said struggles in the local economy.
  • 17% said there are not enough qualified candidates to hire.
  • 16% said they do not have extra cash flow for hiring and/or expansion/investment.
  • 10% said health care reform.
  • 6% said minimum wage increases.
  • Less than 1% said immigration.

"The issues that might get a lot of attention politically are not necessarily the main focus for a small business owner trying to support his or her family," said SurePayroll General Manager Andy Roe. "At the end of the day, they need to hire good people and generate cash. Entrepreneurs are telling us some of these more controversial issues just aren't as relevant to their businesses."

Meanwhile, after the first half of 2016:

  • 62% are reporting a profit.
  • 87% expect to be profitable in the second half of 2016.
  • 47% are on pace to beat revenues from the prior year.

"These numbers are strong, but essentially flat from a year ago," said Roe. "You'd like to see more growth, but expectations are fairly high, so we'll see how the rest of 2016 plays out."

An infographic with the full results of the Scorecard survey is available on the SurePayroll Facebook page.

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