Balboa Capital Survey: Small Business Owners Foresee Economic Growth and Have Capital Spending Plans as 2017 Ends

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Signs of continued confidence in the economy are evident in the results of a nationwide small business owner survey conducted by leading independent finance company. Increases in sales and capital expenditures are expected during the final months of the year.

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Close to half of the small business owners we surveyed are planning to increase their spending in the fourth quarter.

Balboa Capital, a leading small business loan provider and equipment leasing company, today released the results of its Q4 survey that was conducted to gauge business owner optimism. The survey results reveal that business owners are confident that the economy and their companies will perform well during the final months of the year. 77% of SBOs expect the nation’s economy to experience growth in Q4 2017, a 17 point increase from Q4 2016. The survey was sent to a sample of small business owners in a variety of industries nationwide in October 2017.

“As the year comes to a close, the positive economic sentiment expressed by business owners is influencing their investment decisions,” said Carla Freberg, Vendor Services Manager at Balboa Capital. “Close to half of the small business owners we surveyed are planning to increase their spending in the fourth quarter. This is consistent with what our company is seeing, as many business owners are actively seeking growth capital for things like equipment, technology, and vehicles.” Ms. Freberg also states that business owners are preparing for the cutoff date of the Section 179 tax deduction by securing funding to lease all types of business equipment that are eligible for this incentive. “Business owners have until December 31, 2017 to take advantage of Section 179, and our ability to provide them with fast, dependable funding will help them meet this deadline,” she said.

Key Findings of Balboa Capital’s Q4 2017 Small Business Owner Survey:

  • 77% of SBOs think that the US economy will experience growth in Q4, up from 60% in Q4 2016
  • 54% of SBOs expect their company’s sales to increase in Q4, a 4% decrease from Q4 2016
  • 47% of SBOs expect to increase their company’s spending in Q4
  • 43% of SBOs plan to hire new employees in Q4, up from 20% in Q4 2016
  • When SBOs were asked how they plan to market their companies during the holiday season in Q4, 31% said special holiday promotions and/or discounts, 21% said holiday gift cards, 18% said holiday e-mail marketing to customers and/or prospects, 11% said holiday contests, and 7% said free or discounted shipping
  • Among SBOs who will seek financing for their companies in Q4, the most popular options include line of credit (25%), equipment financing (22%), and small business loans (16%)
  • 62% of SBOs will choose an alternative lender for their financing needs in Q4 2017, up from 30% in Q4 2016
  • 46% of SBOs plan to purchase or lease equipment to meet the Section 179 tax deduction deadline that ends on December 31st, 2017

About Balboa Capital
Balboa Capital is a technology-driven financing company that provides business owners with fast, hassle-free solutions to fuel their growth and success. The company specializes in small business loans, equipment financing, commercial financing, equipment vendor financing, and franchise financing. Balboa Capital developed an intuitive online platform that simplifies the entire financing process. Calculators provide instant estimates, applications can be completed and submitted in a matter of minutes, and sophisticated credit scoring technology provides instant decisions. To learn more, visit

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