05/01/2013 01:58 pm ET

Small Business Owners More Optimistic About Their Companies' Prospects, Surveys Show


NEW YORK — Small business owners are getting more optimistic about their companies, according to two surveys released Tuesday.

Improving company finances helped lift owners optimism in a survey conducted in early April by Wells Fargo & Co. and Gallup. The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index rose 7 points to 16 from 9 in January and from minus-11 in November. The index is still down from 23 in April 2012.

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