U.S. small businesses forecast a successful year ahead with strong growth and increased technology and marketing budgets, according to the Corel/Constant Contact 2006 Small Business Outlook, a recent online survey of nearly 600 small business owners with employees of 50 or fewer. Reporting an upswing in business in 2005, more than 50 percent of small business owners expect even stronger growth in 2006. The majority of small businesses surveyed maintain this positive outlook, despite their concerns about the overall economy and the effects of rising energy costs on their businesses.

Small business owners rated acquiring more customers (44 percent) and increasing sales to existing customers (20 percent) as their top business objectives for driving growth in 2006.

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