Continuing 2011’s positive trend, 50-percent of members reported improved business in the past year, and 60-percent anticipate further success in the coming year. Almost half of respondents maintained staffing levels from last year, and they foresee retaining a consistent workforce next year.
These numbers reflect a modest uptick compared to last year’s results, which showed that just 40 percent of those surveyed said their business health improved year-to-year.
“Before a trend can truly establish itself it must demonstrate some predictability,”
The number of businesses expecting to make significant changes in their practices is half what it was a year ago. Kluge takes that as a sign that drastic cost-cutting measures are easing, and might lead to new investment in the state. According to the survey results, only one in five respondents stated they expect Michigan’s business climate to continue to decline before it improves. The others are expecting noticeable improvement or consistency in the near future.
“That half our members have seen their businesses improve in the last year, and that 60 percent expect their businesses to improve next year is a very good sign,” said Kluge. “This projection is consistent with other surveys of Michigan business owners that show the state’s recovery is gaining momentum. There is positive news from many sectors regarding sales, forecasts, profits, hiring, wages and prospects for growth in the coming months.”
The survey reveals what a cross section of Association members think about current and future business conditions.
• 35 percent reported hiring staff within the past year and 29 percent plan to increase staff in the next year.
• Only 15 percent considered relocating to another state, compared to 16 percent in the 2011 survey and 19 percent in 2010.
• 33 percent predicted that Michigan’s business climate in the next year will begin to noticeably improve.
Kluge said the MBPA and MFBA are working hard in Lansing to improve the business climate in the state. She credits eliminating the Michigan Business Tax as a significant win for business.
“It is important to remind lawmakers that when small businesses are healthy, the economy is healthy,” said Kluge, noting that a May 2012 report by the Small Business Administration and National Economic Council indicates that over the last two decades, small and new businesses have been responsible for creating 2 out of every 3 net new jobs.
Based in Warren, Mich., the Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA) is the largest business organization of small to medium-sized businesses in Michigan, representing more than 20,000 members who employ over 200,0000 persons. Members include attorneys, physicians, architects, accountants, construction companies, banks, retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and the like. Member businesses receive numerous benefits including free legal and financial consultations;