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Healthcare and insurance costs, utility bills and payroll are on the rise, and about one-third of midsize companies are really feeling the squeeze, according to a national survey conducted by J.H. Cohn, an accounting and consulting firm. The Business Owners Checkup survey reflects input from 164 chief executives and other senior officers working at middle-market companies in the construction, distribution, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, real estate, retailing, technology, professional services, and service industries. The survey was conducted by mail in May-June. About one-third of the participating companies have annual sales of $75 million or more, about half have 100 or more employees, and the margin of error for questions answered by the entire sample group is 7.65 ...