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Small business owners optimistic about uncertain 2020 economy

With trade tensions increasing throughout the world, there are some worries of a recession happening in the year 2020. But one small business owner in Clinton that has a much different opinion.

Posted: Jan 5, 2020 6:39 PM

CLINTON, N.Y. ---With trade tensions increasing throughout the world, there are some worries of a recession happening in the year 2020. But one small business owner in Clinton has a much different opinion.

Rachel Bartunek owns a small gift shop in Clinton called Almost Local. She said after a great holiday season, she's feeling optimistic about the year ahead.

"I think the news is telling us certain things, but we have loyal customers. So the loyal customer will probably come to us before they go to Amazon or before they go to a bigger store because they know us, they're friends and family," said Bartunek.

Some other small business owners don't share Rachel's optimism. Vista Print did a study stating a quarter of small business owners say they do feel uneasy about the upcoming year. Especially considering that the money invested comes out of their own pockets.

 "For a local business, its something that's a little bit harder to manage. Because where companies like Target are a big corporation, this is coming out of our direct pocketbook. So really, we feel it more strongly," said Bartunek.

But if 2020 does bring an uneasy year, Rachel said she is ready to fight for her business.

The link to the study can be found here.

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