Report from the New York Times Small Business Summit

This past week I attended the New York Times Small Business Summit. I met with business owners in the American Express OPEN Advice Cafe.

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:

7 Things You Can Do to Make Your Business More Resilient, Now

Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.