Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Amidst growing signs that the economic recovery is starting to take hold, word that St. Louis is pacing the field nationally when it comes to small business job growth.

The latest Global Entrepreneur Indicator study is based on surveys with more than 1,500 entrepreneurs across the country.

“St. Louis is near the top of the list as far as hiring trends,” notes Dan Curran, president of the Entrepreneurs Organization of St. Louis. “About seventy-percent of our membership expects to be hiring within the next six months.”

That includes XIOLINK, a provider of managed infrastructure and private cloud computing solutions.

“We’ve been growing steadily year after year, and this year we anticipate adding another fifteen jobs,” says XIOLINK CEO Brad Pittenger. “We did ten last year and fifteen this year.”

XIOLINK, located at 11th and Olive downtown, currently has 40 employees.

Along with the 70% figure when it comes to hiring, the study showed that 80% of St. Louis entrepreneurs expect their revenue to increase over the next year.

“The results from the survey confirm that St. Louis entrepreneurs are thriving, says Dan Curran. “Small business owners are one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy, and nowhere is this more apparent than right here in St. Louis.”

Comments (7)
  1. charlesreedz says:

    What’s more clear with Employment report is that when it comes to joblessness, having a college degree is more important than ever that is why we need the help of High Speed Universities now



  3. Rebekah says:

    Sleep tight, sweetie!Can’t wait to hear you toomrrow morning on the radio.Your grandpa is smiling down at you tonight! And what a connection with Mike. your grandpa worked for Krogers for over 40 years. I remember the snowy February of 1982, when you were born, almost at granma’s and grandpa’s house! but we made it to a hospital just in time for you to be born, after the blessed paramedics dug their vehicle out of the snow to take dad and me to the nearest hospital. Well, the next day, your grandpa walked over a mile in that snow to Krogers to open the store! Nothing could ever stop grandpa He was as committed as anyone could be..never let anyone down. Just as he walked across France and Germany after landing on Utah Beach, on June 6th, 1944; Katie Rose’s birthday, just 50 years later All this seems scattered, but to me it all makes us all connected through time and distance. Thanks, Mike and Melissa, for being part of our family. I feel as if I know you and invite you for a barbeque at our house if you ever come to St. Louis. You are amazing!Colleen, I will go to sleep, dreaming of your journeys youir energy your courage and youir spirit, which dares to fly into the unknown, spreading hope and laughter. Love always, Mom

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