That would be a great question to ask in California where small businesses that are successful and have been around for many years, are struggling to survive.
Why? Big government in CA., taxes out of the ying yang, mandatory compliance with a bunch of government hoopla that's been forced down their throats.
It doesn't work.
I've been in business for well over 15 year, a very successful business, I might add. I spent a year closing it down, merely to insure that all of my employees found other employment first. I, like so many others, refuse to remain in business under a leftwing loon who will tax the hell out of me and then take my earnings for "the common good"
Expect to see many go under as Obama increases their taxes.. Which he will.