Open sign in store window Nearly 69 percent of small business owners currently have a positive outlook about their companies, as well as the environment for small business within the U.S. (Photo: Shutterstock)

While certain business segments are worried that tariffs and the threat of an all-out trade war with China could wreak havoc on their bottom lines, Mom and Pops across the country are feeling optimistic about the U.S. economy — as well as economy in their own backyard, according to the Q2 MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index.

A majority of small businesses (59 percent) believe the U.S. economy is in good health, up six percentage points from last quarter (53 percent), according to the index. Likewise, 51 percent say their local economy is in good health compared to 53 percent last quarter (and 48 percent in the second quarter of 2018).

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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