Keeping Your Hopes Up

By AF Group, Special for  USDR

The latest Michigan Future Business Index (MFBI) data show that optimism among Michigan’s small- to mid-sized businesses is holding strong and keeping businesses’ perceptions of the economy positive.  That optimism is fueling projections for sales and profit increases, as well as boosting investments in human  capital.

Confidence in future growth is the top reason for the optimism.  Four in ten businesses say they are expanding by either adding a new business location or a new product or service to their offerings.  Many also point to an improving economy, excellent employees, in-demand products/services and a renewed hope for regulatory  reform.

The survey identified the primary challenge to be finding qualified talent and new customers and the steadily increasing weight of healthcare  costs.

“Small businesses are quite optimistic about the future and we should all feel good about the business climate in Michigan and the opportunities for success,” said Mike Britt, president of Accident Fund Insurance Company of America.  “While the future looks bright, we can’t lose sight of the challenges we face including attracting and retaining top  employees.”

“The latest survey shows that Michigan small business owners remain bullish about the future,” said Chris Holman, CEO of the Michigan Business Network. “We continue to see great optimism for future growth into 2017 and  beyond.”

Review a detailed summary of the December 2016 Michigan Future Business Index at AccidentFund.com or  MichiganBusinessNetwork.com.

About the  Survey

The semi-annual Michigan Future Business Index has been commissioned by Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and the Michigan Business Network since 2006 and is conducted by the Michigan-based market research firm, ROI Insight.  A total of 415 Michigan business owners and C-suite executives were interviewed between November 1 and December 9 via phone and web for the December 2016  survey.

About Accident Fund Insurance Company of  America

Accident Fund Insurance Company of America is a member of AF Group.  All policies are underwritten by a licensed insurer subsidiary of AF  Group.

About AF  Group

Founded in 1912, AF Group (Lansing, Mich.) and its subsidiaries are a premier provider of innovative insurance solutions. Rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best, AF Group is a nationally recognized holding company conducting business through its brands: Accident Fund, United Heartland, CompWest and Third Coast  Underwriters.

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