Even though the economy is still sluggish, some entrepreneurs are putting money into storefronts anyway. In Phoenix, Claudine Dimitriou is opening up her second tanning salon in the same strip mall where a gym shut down. But not everyone is taking risks. According to an NFIB survey, small-business owners have never had less optimism about the economy for such a long duration. Small-business owners are "not about to spend their capital on hiring or on expansion until they're more certain about what the future looks like," said NFIB's William Dunkelberg.
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