Small business owners are optimistic about their current business situation as well as the outlook for the next 12 months, according to recent research from Gallup and Wells Fargo.

The report was based on data from a poll conducted between April 3 and 7, 2017, among 603 US small business owners in all 50 states. Respondents were asked to rate how they feel about their overall financial situation, revenue, cash flow, capital spending, hiring, and credit access now and for the next 12 months.

The researchers then determined an overall Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index score based on the survey responses (-50 equaling no confidence in the business climate; +150 equaling total confidence).

The index score for the April survey was +95, down slightly from +100 in February but up significantly from a year ago (+64)—and the highest level since the Great Recession.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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