The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce recently polled its members to determine the “State of the Commerce” of the region. With a high participation rate, the survey provided data on business owners’ outlook for the future, current state of business, and regional needs and concerns. Bottom line: the Shires of Vermont area is a good place to do business. Most business owners ranked their financial success at an A, A-, or B, and 63% of business owners said they are doing better today than they did three years ago. Many business owners expressed optimism about the new Putnam Block development, and the potential of the new Opportunity Zones program.