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Local businesses express optimism about economy

Lu said that the work done with Crnkovic and Marvin and company has allowed her real-life experience with cases and companies in her first year of graduate school.

Gina Bulman, head of membership development of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, said that the organization was happy to see the small gains and positive business attitude presented in the survey. More than 75 percent of businesses believed that the Capital District's economy would either experience little growth or prosper in the coming years, according to the results of the survey.

"We were happy to see the small gains and positive business attitude reflected in the survey," said Bulman. We're feeling optimistic and happy with the results in Bethlehem."

According to the survey, a majority of businesses that replied across the region characterize the Capital District's economy as either stagnant or recovering after 2009, with most businesses across the board expecting estimated gross sales under $1 million dollars, with 45.7 businesses expecting an increase in business over the next year.

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