If companies' blueprints for expansion are a reliable indicator of their plans to enhance employee benefits needed to recruit and retain workers, then 2017 should be a good year for agents and advisors serving the small-business markets.

The reason for this optimism: the "2017 Small Business Outlook" report, published by Chicago-based Insureon's Small Business Institute. Insureon, which sells business insurance, said it polled 1,006 small-business owners using Google Surveys.

Insureon found that 82% of small-business owners plan to grow their companies in 2017. Among the actions to be taken:

  • 58% expect to buy new equipment or furniture.
  • 33% plan to hire an employee.
  • 23% will move to a new location.
  • 30% will offer a new service.
  • 34% plan to sell a new product.


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