Small business outscores big business when it comes to confidence and plans for growth, according to the recent quarterly results of the University of Michigan Business School/eePulse Inc. Leadership Pulse survey. A press release sent this morning notes that smaller firms ranked highest in their confidence and plans to grow their resources faster. More specifically, smaller companies that responded to the survey expect to grow their employees, number of customers and sales at a faster rate than larger firms.

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