By Maria Valdez Haubrich
With the 4th of July just behind us, what are American entrepreneurs—and those around the world—thinking about their prospects for the coming months? The latest Global Entrepreneur Indicator survey has some good news.
The Global Entrepreneur Indicator is a quarterly survey of the members of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a nonprofit for business owners who have more than $1 million (US) in annual revenue. The June 2011 survey of more than 7,500 entrepreneurs in 38 countries found the global economic outlook is getting more positive.
In the most recent survey (June 2011), 62 percent experienced an increase in their net profits — a 25 percent increase over the previous year, when just 37 percent saw an increase.
As for job creation, as of June 2011 more than half (57 percent) had added jobs since they were last surveyed (in November 2010). That was also an increase from the 42 percent who had added jobs as of June 2010.
The news got even better when entrepreneurs surveyed were asked their predictions for the next six months. More than three-quarters (78 percent) expected their net profits to improve in that time frame; 68 percent expect to add jobs; and 61 percent expect both the global and local economy to improve.
Keep in mind, however, that this is a global survey—and the picture isn’t quite as rosy for U.S. entrepreneurs as for those in some other nations. In the U.S., 59 percent of entrepreneurs expected the local and global economy to improve in the next six months—the same percentage as in Europe and the Middle East. In Latin America/the Caribbean, however, 74 percent expected improvement, and in Canada, an astounding 91 percent did.
The least optimistic nation? Asia, where 56 percent expected to see the economy improve within six months.
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