Businesses Call for Credit Relief
Of 750 owners surveyed in mid-November, 60 percent said the survival of their business depends on immediate access to credit, the Park Ridge, Ill.-based management consulting reported.
"Business owners are not as worried about a tax increase as much as they fear a lack of relief," Israel Kushnir, the firm's president, said in a statement.
Credit relief ranked highest among business owners' expectations of president-elect Barrack Obama's new administration, ahead of employee health-care initiatives and tax breaks, the survey found.
Still, over half of the survey respondents said they expect health-care costs to rise next year.
"Small business owners are the largest employer group in the United States and the cost of healthcare coverage continues to grow as a critical concern for many of them," Kushnir said.
He said small businesses needed to act now to reduce recurring expenses and fixed costs, rather than wait for government help.
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