Kalispell Chamber Survey Shows Continued Optimism

Majority of businesses predict remaining six months will see improved business conditions

By Beacon Staff

Local businesses are optimistic that the economic climate will continue to improve through the end of 2014, according to the latest survey by the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce.

For its mid-year economic survey, the chamber asked more than 200 local businesses if they planned to add or cut employee staffing levels and how they felt about the economic climate. According to the results, 62 percent of business planned to maintain current levels. Nearly 30 percent said they planned to add employees and 8 percent predicted they would cut staffing.

When asked “What do you predict as the business climate for your business through the end of the year?” optimism emerged as well. Nearly 73 percent of businesses predicted the climate would “greatly/somewhat/slightly improve,” while 27.5 percent predicted it would “greatly/somewhat/slightly worsen.”

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