This undated photo provided by Levien & Company, Inc. shows Ken Levien in New York. Levien has no plans to hire more people for his real estate project management company in New York. He says his business has only about 85 percent of the amount of work it?s capable of doing because the building industry is still hurting from the recession. Levien has a lot of company among small business owners. Many aren?t hiring or expanding because the outlook for the economy or their own companies is uncertain. Economists say that in past recoveries, small companies were the first to hire. When the economy was improving, they could move faster than large companies because they didn?t have the bureaucracy that can slow the hiring process. Their hiring helped propel the economy forward. Anyone hoping for a burst in small business hiring soon may be waiting in vain. (AP Photo/ Levien & Company, Inc. )