GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
Uncertainty is in the air, as questions about the fiscal cliff remain unanswered. A scientific poll revealed that strong majorities of small business owners expressed concerns about nearly every fiscal cliff issue they were asked about.
Time is running out, Congress and the president have until years end to agree on a plan to reduce the deficit.
Owner of Colorady Baby, Megan Reinersten, said, "To a degree it's the big elephant in the room, I feel like people are walking on egg shells right now, kind of wondering, what's next what's going to happen?"
The so-called fiscal cliff is a series of tax increases and budget cuts that would go into effect January 1 if no decision can be made.
Ron Maupin, owner of A Haggle of Vendors Emporium, said, "Possibly it would affect every business because people would have to be paying more in taxes and probably would not have as much disposable income to be shopping."
"As a small business we don't have a lot of room for expenses and also when the economies hurting it's going to hurt us as well," Reinersten said.
A recent small business poll revealed more than six in 10 are worried about funding reductions for the small business loan and counseling programs.
Chris Brown, owner of Brown's Cycles, said, "Things are really really tight with credit, so if you have inventory on the floor you can sell it, you can use that. But if you need to borrow 15-20,000 bucks to bring stuff in, it's really really tight."
Some small business owners are worried about the impact of tax increases on their employees and customers.
Reinersten said, "If their incomes are decreased then they're not going to be spending as much money."
However, some business owners say they have faith in our politicians.
"I believe in the Congress and the President that they will get this solved, it's not good for the country," Maupin said.
"Just taking it day by day, you know. You sell something, you pay a bill, you sell something you pay a bill and that's just going to be the way it is for a little bit. We'll get through it, we'll figure it out," said Brown.
These business owners are hoping for some certainty going into the future, but know anything can happen come January 1.
For more on the small business poll, click here