PARK SLOPE - Running a small business in Brooklyn is growing more expensive by the day, according to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

Business leaders and elected officials met Monday to discuss the problems plaguing small businesses. Many business owners blame high gas, electric and phone bill prices for their troubles. Others say high rent and competition are the reasons they are struggling to stay open. Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez (D-12th District) adds rising health care costs are also crippling Brooklyn businesses.

One Brooklyn bakery owner says she is looking to the government for help as the cost of doing business continues to skyrocket. Meanwhile, business leaders hope officials in Washington will be able to work together in a bi-partisan way to benefit local businesses. Velasquez says she plans to make health care a top agenda item as Congress begins the current session.