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Saturday, January 7, 2012-I bring in the Seattle Times and The Wall Street Journal and see that both have headlines about the dropping unemployment rate.

  • Seattle Times-“Job front improves, but there’s far to go”
  • Wall Street Journal-“Labor Market Gains Traction”

Quite a different perspective on the same information, isn’t it? One would think the liberal Seattle Times would be trying to help the President and the WSJ would be doing the opposite.

My survey of business owners is showing a lot of optimism (the survey is open through January). Owners are focusing on growth, considering acquisitions and looking to increase their company’s value.

I’m seeing more activity in my markets. You just can’t go by the headlines or doom and gloom stories on the news. They’re done to sell papers and get viewers. On the street it seems that business people are accepting that this is the new norm and we better get on with it. The recovery bus isn’t going to pick us up for an easy ride; we have to drive ourselves.

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard

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