(Richmond, IN)--IU East on Wednesday released its annual Business Confidence Index and Survey. 96 Whitewater Valley businesses in five counties were surveyed about business activity in 2018. Here are some of the highlights…65% of companies have increased production in the last year. An incredible 90% had the same or more employees. 85% of companies said they made the same or higher profits. As for 2019, only 4% predicted a cutback. 90% said they will maintain employment or hire additional workers. 2/3 of companies responding said they anticipated a higher cost of doing business. Business owners’ two main concerns are the lack of qualified workers and prolonged road construction.