(Richmond, IN)--Results of the 2016 IU East Business Survey have been compiled and released. More than a hundred business leaders in the Whitewater Valley completed the survey that was made public on Wednesday. There were plenty of positive indicators. Four out of five businesses maintained or increased employment last year. 57% said that production increased, and 37% increased investment spending. For the remainder of this year, 2/3 of owners or managers expect to increase growth, and 54% anticipate higher profits. Only 12% of respondents projected declining local business conditions for the remainder of the year.