As residents of the Gulf Coast somberly mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a study from researchers at Louisiana State University and Tulane University found that most small and midsized business in the affected areas -- particularly in New Orleans -- continue to struggle.The report noted that while the number of businesses that have re-opened since December has risen roughly 12 percent, the same percentage have disconnected their phones -- an accurate barometer that they have shuttered.

Meanwhile, of the 1,400 small businesses polled since June, more than half indicated that their recovery efforts showed little or no progress.

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