Small business: Tips from the trenches
Sure, Wall Street and Washington have gotten a lot of ink during this recession so far. But there's plenty of pain to go around. Look to Main Street, where small businesses are getting hit from every direction. Consumers aren't buying like they used to and lenders have become amazingly tight-fisted. And if startups or growing businesses can't get a loan from the bank, it's not like the old days when they could tap home equity or put a big chunk of operating expenses on a credit card.
With that backdrop, The St. Petersburg Times and tampabay.com are launching a special report on small business. The goal of "Tips from the Trenches" is to offer insights into how companies in the Tampa Bay area are creatively dealing with crisis. Have a small business with a successful strategy to share? Let us know.
And share your thoughts in comments below.
-- Jeff Harrington, Times Staff Writer