More small-business owners provided health-care plans for employees this year than last year, according to a recent survey from SurePayroll.

The survey found 69 percent of small businesses offer health care to employees, compared to 58 percent in 2006, while businesses that currently offer plans all said they will continue offering plans next year. The top two reasons cited for providing health care were to attract good employees and because "it's the right thing to do." Of those who don't offer plans, more than half said it was too expensive.

The survey was conducted via e-mail by SurePayroll, a Chicago-based small-business payroll firm.

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