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Small Business Optimism Index On The Rise

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There's some good economic news to report - small business owners are a little more optimistic about the economy.

The National Federation of Independent Business says its index of small business optimism rose 2 points last month to 94.5.

That comes as no surprise to one downtown Lansing business owner.

Mark Rantz is dishing up more and more soup these days. His downtown restaurant 'Zoup' has been open for a year and half and he says sales are on the rise every day.

"I think it has to do with a little more of the re-emergence of the downtown area," said Rantz.

The lunch hour is the busiest time for Krantz and his staff as people take a break from work to take in a warm bowl of soup. But there's a new emerging customer base coming in. @

"We're also seeing more and more families coming in. And families need to spend a little more money than an individual and that growth through families visiting us. And I think as they're feeling better about their lives and what's going on economically," said Rantz.

People seem to be more willing to part with their money and travel to downtown Lansing to enjoy a meal.

"You see the foot traffic and you see the families down here and really I think all the owners are having that experience. We're happy to be in the downtown area and be part of the revitalization as the economy does come back," said Rantz.

The foot traffic has this business owner smiling as more and more customers open up their wallets to enjoy a hearty meal.

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