Valley Businesses Trying to Survive

January 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
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The Small Business Administration held a workshop Friday morning in Fresno. Two consultants spoke on ways businesses can survive with tightened credit and people spending less money.

They said the housing crash has hurt the Central Valley more than other metropolitan areas because of the heavy reliance on the building industry.

Heating and air conditioning companies are getting less money from new construction. The business owners also believe during the tough times people use cheaper options, such as space heaters or window air conditioners instead of fixing whole house systems.

"We've actually cut down quite a bit to try and accommodate the lack of income coming in. We used to have about 20 employees. We're down to about four," said Stacey Baghdanov with Clear Choice Air solutions.

The Small Business Administration has already held three similar workshops this year. Organizers said all four have been packed with business owners looking for help.

There's help for small business owners available online through the S.B.A. website www.sba.gov/services/training/onlinecourses.

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