A majority of Iowa entrepreneurs expect to hire more full-time employees in the next six months, according to a survey conducted recently by The Entrepreneurs' Organization.

According to the state-level results of the Global Entrepreneur Indicator survey, 59 percent of the Iowa entrepreneurs polled said they expect to hire more full-time workers, and 54 percent said they expect to hire more part-time workers in the coming six months. The survey included 36 Iowa companies with at least $1 million in annual revenues.

"The results from the survey underscore that Iowa businesses are thriving despite the current economic climate," said EO Iowa Chapter President Tim Danley. "We expect our businesses to continue growing, and we expect the market to rebound in a positive way."

Business leaders surveyed in Iowa also believe the economy is moving in a positive direction, with 81 percent reporting positive feelings about starting a new business in the next six months.

Iowa's numbers are comparable with global results of the survey, which indicate that 67 percent of entrepreneurs around the world plan to hire more full-time workers and 54 percent plan to hire part-time workers within six months.  

Additionally, 84 percent of global entrepreneurs are hopeful about starting new ventures in the next coming six months.