Last year, 70 percent of businesses reported rising health insurance as a significant or moderate problem, according to the GCC.
"Most businesses also predict their business will remain stable or decrease, mirroring their belief that the economy will not improve for 2009 or even beyond," according to information from the GCC.
"I have seen a change in our local businesses in the last two months; with owners saying it is getting harder to get paid by other companies or people, they are reducing staff, and business is slowing. The study shows what I have been seeing here also being experienced throughout the region," Burbank said in a written statement.
The chamber plans to address the needs of members by providing seminars and workshops on "how to save money on health-care costs, strategies for low or no cost advertising and other expense-reducing tips, and the increasing importance of customer service and networking."
The Chamber is also planning to have a membership campaign that would provide a discount to new members. The offer is slated to start in mid-March, according to the GCC.
"Businesses still desperately need us for affordable health insurance, visibility and networking, and we need to help them out if we can," Burbank said.
The survey included Chambers from the entire Capital District including Albany, Colonie, Saratoga, Bethlehem, Schenectady, Rensselaer and the Adirondack region.""