The poll was conducted among companies with fewer than 20 employees by Pacific Community Ventures, a nonprofit organization that creates jobs in low-income areas.

The poll revealed that one year after passage of the health care reform law, 57 percent of those surveyed were unfamiliar with the small business tax credits they could claim during 2011 to offset healthcare costs. Furthermore, 62 percent hadn’t heard of health insurance exchanges; something California is establishing to reduce insurance costs. When the owners were provided with information about the exchanges, 55 percent said they’d be likely to participate.

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