Small business owners are feeling more confident even as the economy struggles to return to a more robust level of growth.

According to the latest reading of the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, small business optimism improved nine points since the second quarter of 2013 and 36 points since the fourth quarter of 2012, to a positive 25. While still below pre-recession levels, the score is the highest it has been in five years.

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