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    Small Business Owners Oppose Sept. 11 National Holiday

    Survey points out the "burdens faced by small business owners in these tough economic times."

    NEW YORK -- An overwhelming majority of small business owners oppose instituting a new national holiday to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed thousands of U.S. citizens and destroyed New York's World Trade Center, a new survey shows.

    The survey, conducted from Aug. 15-30 on www.dollardays.com, an online wholesaler for small business, shows that:
    * 23 percent of small business owners think Sept. 11 should be a national holiday, while 74 percent oppose it.
    * 30 percent of small business owners say they lose money on national holidays.
    * Just 20 percent of those surveyed say they close their businesses on all national holidays, while 76 percent don't.
    * 25 percent would be willing to assume the cost of closing their businesses for the day to commemorate the unprecedented terror attacks, but 71 percent are unwilling to lose money on another national holiday.

    "Small business owners are clearly unwilling to foot the bill for another national holiday," said Marc Joseph, president of DollarDays. "While our survey is not scientific, it does point out the burdens faced by small business owners in these tough economic times."

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