Roseland, N.J. (Sept. 13, 2004) -- Business owners are bullish on the prospects for their own companies, moderately hopeful about the U.S. economy, and divided in their views on hiring for 2005, according to preliminary results of a study by accounting and consulting firm J.H. Cohn LLP.

Among 164 chief executives and other senior officers surveyed in J.H. Cohn's national Business Owners Checkup, 44 percent of respondents say that the events of Sept. 11, 2001 had a negative financial impact on their businesses, while 78 percent are upbeat about the prospects for their own companies in 2005.

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