I learned a lot about what was on the minds of business owners. Among the 45 or so that I talked with, they seemed to be equally split on whether their businesses were doing well or were hurting due to the economy. A few of the business owners were having record years. A few others reported sales off by 50% or more.
I wrote up a full report over at the OPEN Forum, including the questions and concerns we discussed: Partnering, Online Marketing, Hiring – What Biz Owners Wanted to Know at the OPEN Advice Cafe. I think you can glean some good information from my report — you may be facing similar issues in your own business.
Prior to the event I had put together 7 tips for dealing with tough economies. Here’s a PDF of the printed booklet containing those tips that was handed out to attendees. I thought you might like to see it — it’s a quick and easy read: