Nearly three quarters of small and midsize business owners active in e-commerce felt that the nation's economy was strong in 2005, and are optimistic that it will only improve over the course of 2006, according to a recent poll. A Web-based study of 12,000 SMB owners, conducted by sales tax software vendor Avalara, found that 74 percent of those polled indicated their belief in the strength of the American economy over last year, while 72 percent responded that it would gain even more strength in 06.

With regard to their own businesses, 84 percent said that their respective companies performed better in 2005 than the prior year, while an equal number projected their businesses in 2006 would exceed the performance of 2005. Just 12 percent felt their own business did not improve in 2005.

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