Hiring, healthcare, cash are top of mind for Tampa-St. Pete small businesses

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    Entrepreneurs have diminished confidence in the economy and have a growing concern for a variety of key issues, including healthcare costs, interest rates and the stock market, a new survey from Bank of America found.

    Despite their concerns, entrepreneurs remain largely optimistic about their own business outlook, with revenue forecasts, growth and hiring plans holding steady since the fall of 2018, the national survey found.

    “What I’m hearing mirrors the national report,” said Chad Clark, Bank of America’s senior vice president and small business banker manager in Tampa Bay. “I don’t hear doom and gloom … The feedback I get is small business owners still feel very positive about the economy and growth and expansion.”