(Richmond, IN)--A strong 2017 has led to confidence among local business owners for the remainder of this year. That’s according to the results of the IU East business survey, which were released Thursday. 104 business owners were surveyed. Nearly 2/3 expected to see growth in output this year. 1/3 said they expected to employ more people. The major concern of the business executives across the Whitewater Valley is the lack of a workforce with sufficient numbers of qualified employees. Other concerns were inconsistent support from county officials and road construction.