Poll analysis: Some polls show that optimism among business owners continues to wane, but those pollsters must not have been talking to SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs readers. The unemployment rate is stuck at 10% and soaring budget deficits could cost the U.S. its AAA credit rating, but more than 55% of readers say they are optimistic about 2010, while 11% are pessimistic. Since small business drives the U.S. economy, optimistic entrepreneurs could help make this a happy new year after all. --Robert Jones, SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs contributing editor

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