The prolonged trade war between the United States and China is fast causing an erosion in the confidence of small business operators and owners.
Although the majority, 58% percent, of those surveyed by SurveyMonkey and CNBC, are still optimistic that they will see revenue growth in the next 12 months or so, as many as 55 % also said that they expect the ongoing trade policy to eventually create a negative impact on their business by next year,
According to CNBC, the drop in the confidence of small business owners and operators has fallen to a level not seen since the survey taken in 2017. As it is, entrepreneurs of small businesses, encounter direct or indirect hits that are triggering the gradual erosion of overall confidence in the sector.
According to Survey Monkey’s senior research scientist, Laura Wronski, entrepreneurs are slowly feeling the volatility of the market and of the country’s economy. They feel the trade war policies will eventually create a negative effect on their small business by as early as next year.
Ms. Wronski added that trade war is the current issue that has been causing a huge divergence in the size of small business owners who expect Trump’s trade wars will bring either positive or negative effects by next year. She recalls that there was a time when the numbers were almost even, and at times even net positive.
In the ongoing saga of the US China Trade War, the number of business owners anticipating a negative impact is now twice as many as those expecting a positive effect for their small enterprises .
The SBE Council’s Take On the Eroding Confidence of Small Businesses
Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE) Council president and CEO Karen Kerrigan, said
”The longer the trade war with China continues, the “deeper and wider” the effect will be on small businesses.”… “Optimism is still relatively high, but notably. slowly receding now that we are experiencing a critical period in the U.S. economy.”
Ms. Kerrigan explained that mid and small-size businesses depend on larger businesses, in the same way that agricultural communities are dependent on farmers to sell their products.
She remarked that if the present administration can get a China trade deal, even one that not as comprehensive but starts with something like market access and of Intellectual Property (IP) protection, as well as get the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) through Congress, it would all have a very positive effect on the markets, investors, as well as on the small businesses.