Confidence is the keyword local business leaders could relate to after results from a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce study were released on Tuesday.
According to the 2012 BOLD Business Leaders Survey, more than 50 percent of Manitoba businesses are confident that they will increase the size of their workforce, their capital investment and their profits in the coming year.
The survey found more than one in three (37%) of business leaders cited labour availability and skill shortages as the greatest challenge facing their company over the next year followed by the continued economic slowdown and rising operational costs.
Business leaders gave top marks to the federal government (64%), followed by the municipal government (57%) and the provincial government (47%) as far as creating a competitive business climate.
The survey was conducted in partnership with Aikins Law, Lazer Grant LLP and Legacy Bowes Group.