Small business owners expecting better business conditions over the next six months fell four points to a net negative 37% -- its lowest level since November 2012.
Looking forward, 57% of respondents predicted the U.S. economy would be back to normal in seven or more months.
"It is very common when you suddenly encounter very different writing projects than what you had before," said Kelli Custer.
Tristate area investors are more bullish on the U.S. economy’s growth prospects for the rest of 2013 than the average investor surveyed by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
Despite ongoing economic uncertainty, consumer confidence remains the highest since 2007.