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Small Businesses Dim on State Economy

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – A survey of small business owners in New York finds that most of them think the state is a hard place to do business.

Some economists say businesses that employ 50 people or less are the backbone of the economy.

Now, a survey of the owners of small businesses in New York finds that most take a dim view of the state's economy.

The survey was conducted by Support Services Alliances, a membership organization representing 15,000 small businesses in the state.

Vice President Chris Koetzle said very few business owners have a good reason for staying in New York.

"None of them had mentioned that there was a good or a strong economic climate, or bright future," said Koetzle. "In fact, I think over half of them, if I remember correctly, said that it was the fact that they were born here, or that they had family here, and that really doesn't bode well for future business."

The survey found that 92 percent of small business owners in New York sid overall taxes are too high. And 84 percent said they are not receiving the proper level of service for the taxes they are paying.

Koetzle said state leaders need to do a better job of making New York more hospitable.

The state does offer programs to help small business. But Koetzle said their survey found that 86 percent of small business owners do not use them.