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Risky Business

With the economy looking up, taking some spending risks now can strengthen your company--just be sure to invest wisely.

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This story appears in the May 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If small businesses are any barometer for the rest of the land, then things are looking up for the remainder of 2007. According to a Wells Fargo/Gallup survey of entrepreneurs in the fourth quarter of 2006, entrepreneurial optimism is at its highest since the survey began four years ago.

Sixty-two percent of respondents expect revenues to increase through 2007, and 75 percent expect positive cash flow during that time. "In general, small-business owners are optimistic," says Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann, executive vice president and head of the small business segment at Wells Fargo in San Francisco.

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