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By Dwayne Hartnett, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Jan. 9--SMALL BUSINESSES PLAN TO HIRE NOW: The next three months can present a number of challenges for small-business owners.
Because for most of them, business often is sluggish in the first three months of a calendar year.
Also, small-business owners will tell you that few of their peers are prepared to address even a small decline in business for 30 days -- much less 90 days.
So when word comes that small-business owners are generally upbeat and plan to add staff immediately or soon, the news is surprising.
If not downright shocking. …