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A recent poll of entrepreneurs conducted by the Kauffman Foundation has revealed that finding qualified people is the biggest obstacle standing in the way of continued growth for 40 percent of companies. Other impediments include managing fast growth (21 percent), accessing capital (16 percent) and the sluggish economy (13 percent) are also obstacles. Regulatory uncertainty and taxes were only 3 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

The poll was conducted during the Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony held Sept. 22-24, 2011, in National Harbor, Md. Entrepreneurs attending the event shared their views on the prospects for continued growth, their plans for expansion and the barriers that could stand in the way.

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Thomas Oppong is the founder @Alltopstartups.