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Future Looks Bright for Small Businesses

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Things are looking brighter for small businesses across the nation, including ones in the Ozarks. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, 12 percent of small businesses plan to add jobs in the next three months.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  Things are looking brighter for small businesses across the nation, including ones in the Ozarks.

According to the National Federation of Independent Business, 12 percent of small businesses plan to add jobs in the next three months.  That's the highest number since 2007.

It could be a sign that the economy is improving.  Not only do small businesses across the country plan to expand in the coming months, but 15 percent of them also expect sales to increase.  That's a seven point jump from December.

North American Tank announced Tuesday that it plans to add 30 jobs in Ozark. 

Build Your Own Pizza is one of the latest restaurants to open in Springfield.

"We do think Springfield is a great city for us to really build upon," says Co-Owner Michael Felts.

The new, unique pizza place held its grand opening Tuesday.  The owners say they already have plans to expand.  Their goal is to open three additional locations in the area within the next few months.

"We are hoping to get these three locations open in Springfield by April first," says Felts.  "And then we'll be offering franchise opportunities and then hopefully within the next five years expand internationally."

While Build Your Own Pizza has plans to expand, the business is not alone.  Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce workers say many other small businesses are also planning on expanding.

"I've talked to a lot of business owners that have that goal," says Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Member Relations Coordinator Chris Rozier.  "Once they open one location, they want to open several more, so it's a trend taking on, I think it's a great goal to have."

Rozier says Springfield has seen a growth in overall business in the past year and a half.

"It's a great time," he says.  "Springfield has a great small business background, which makes up most of our community, so we're seeing a lot of growth."

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce holds around 120 ribbon cuttings each year and they hope that number continues to climb.

"I just think it's so great already for small businesses," says Rozier.  "I want to continue that growth and make sure it's a great community to house and foster small businesses and make sure they have room to grow."

According to the National Federation of Independent Business, the number of small businesses hiring workers is still way below what it was back in 2007.


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