Island small business owners start the year with a solid boost

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Small business confidence is on the rise in P.E.I.

Prince Edward Island small business owners started 2013 with a solid boost of optimism according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

CFIB’S Business Barometer index jumped four points to 58.3 in January, close to the levels seen in late spring and summer 2012, says Erin McGrath-Gaudet, CFIB’s director of provincial affairs for P.E.I.

However, she said P.E.I. is still trailing well behind the rest of the provinces.

Nationally, the Business Barometer index jumped three points to 65.7 in January over a lackluster December and November.

Within the region, Newfoundland and Labrador leads Atlantic Canada with an index of 69.3. Nova Scotia followed with an index of 64.2 while the New Brunswick index sits at 61.7.

The following are some provincial findings of note:

— 67 per cent of businesses plan to maintain current levels of full-time employment, while 14 per cent plan to hire and 19 per cent plan to cut back;

— 34 per cent of businesses in P.E.I. now say the overall state of business is good, 50 per cent say it is satisfactory, and 16 per cent say it is bad;

— Significant cost pressures on P.E.I. businesses continue to be fuel and energy (66 per cent), wages (64 per cent), and taxes and regulations (50 per cent).

Organizations: Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, P.E.I., Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Canada Nova Scotia New Brunswick

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Recent comments

  • Alan Hicken
    February 03, 2013 - 17:09

    Surveys are nice but couldnt the real data for investment, research monies and real jobs created in PEI be releasted? Where is the boost in real job numbers from the PEI PNP. Surely over $120+ million invested was to create real jobs in PEI. If not then why not? Could it be that smb are no different in approaches than big business now hording over $600billion not investing in the economy which creates real jobs.

  • Jeff
    February 02, 2013 - 22:05

    What else is new. Nothing is ever going to change in this province until the ruling old boys network gets routed and new, forward thinking, dynamic governmental and business leaders take over. PEI needs to wake up and discover that it's 2013, not 1913. In the meantime, it's farming and tourism to scrape by on, not leading edge business development.

  • johnny cash
    February 02, 2013 - 20:21

    Wow, crash and burn with the HST though.

  • Me
    February 02, 2013 - 20:10

    However, she said P.E.I. is still trailing well behind the rest of the provinces. Nothing else to say.