Small businesses, which are defined as those with 250 or fewer employees, are reporting improved sales as well as increased hiring plans, according to the latest national CareerBuilder survey. 

In fact, 32 percent of respondents say their sales increased during the last two quarters from Oct. 1, 2011, to March 31, 2012. Another 46 percent of respondents believe their sales will grow over the next two quarters from April 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2012. 

While 19 percent of respondents hired full-time, permanent employees during the last two quarters, 24 percent of respondents anticipate bringing in full-time, permanent employees during the next two quarters. 

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