Buffalo Grove, Ill. (Sept. 8, 2004) -- Most small businesses expect staff size to remain stable or grow during the fourth quarter, according to a survey of more than 170 small businesses by the International Profit Associates Small Business Research Board.

More than one-third (36 percent) of small business owners responding to the IPA SBRB study said that they planned to hire more staff during the remainder of 2004. By comparison, only 6 percent expect to reduce staff and 58 percent of respondents expect employment to hold steady.

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