Speak Out: How Are Small Businesses Faring Locally?
The 2013 Year-End Economic Report notes that small businesses are feeling "more confident in the overall economy than they have in some time."
About 27-percent are expecting "economic expansion" in the near future. That number was 14-percent last year. There was a small increase, from 64-percent six months ago to 66-percent, in proprietors who are confident about the future of their shops.
Still, there are plenty of challenges small business owners are struggling with.
"Economic uncertainty continues to be the most significant challenge facing small-business owners today, followed by decline in customer spending, cost of health insurance benefits and regulatory burdens," the report states.
How are small businesses in our towns faring? What establishments across Rockland, Putnam and Westchester are having a hard time staying open? Which businesses surprised you when they shut their doors, and which surprised you by opening—and flourishing—at what seemed to be a bad location in years past? Tell us in the comments below.