What did we learn about small business owners as we head into the new year? They're going to hire a bit more. They're still worried about their own  financial well-being. The economy? Republicans would run it better. Politics?  Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton appear to be the frontrunners as we head towards the showdown for the White House in 2016. 

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From the Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014 issue of Inc. magazine