BRUSHING OFF CONCERNS Rising interest rates and prices for oil, gas and other commodities are a growing concern for small business owners even as they feel more confident about the economy.
Higher energy prices and borrowing costs make it more expensive than last year for Bill Savickas to operate his wholesale produce business — especially since it's hard to pass the increases on to his customers.
They are business survivors — owners whose small companies withstood the Great Recession that forced thousands of others out of business.
Small businesses with customers or suppliers along the Gulf Coast and in Florida are feeling the financial impact from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, an antique store needed more than six years to fully recover.
CONSTRUCTION JOBS GO BEGGING Construction firms are having a hard time finding workers and expect the situation to persist over the next 12 months.
With the animals sent to safety before Harvey hit, the owners of CityVet in Houston kept watch on their empty practice by security camera, hoping not to see floodwaters rush in.
BAD ECONOMY, GOOD TIMING The best time to start a business may be right after companies crash and burn.