The White House also scored significantly higher than state governments, the Supreme Court, and Congress.
A growing pool of potential small business owners decided 2017 was the year to dive in.
2017 set the all-time record high for small business optimism in the 45-year history of the NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism
A shortage of qualified workers reached a record high in December.
Regulations meant for big businesses can overwhelm even the best run small companies
Hiring plans soared in construction, manufacturing, and professional services.