Is Your Small Business Facing Bankruptcy? Look to Loyal Customers (or Attorneys)

Submitted by Jen Jones on Fri, 04/23/2010 - 3:05pm

Is Your Small Business Facing Bankruptcy? Look to Loyal Customers (or Attorneys)

Since the Great Recession began in 2007, small businesses across the country have been squeezed.  Exacerbated by the flagging economy, small business owners everywhere are not only facing high employee health care costs and lagging consumer and commercial spending, but also fewer credit options. And while loans have always been the lifeblood of the small business, all across our great nation, mom and pop endeavors with even the most solid credit histories face tremendous obstacles in qualifying for much-needed capital. And because small business accounts for some 65% of employment in a nation already facing off-the-charts job losses, any squeeze on small firms is a serious matter—with last year’s disconcerting lending figures illustrating just how serious—for the long haul.

As The Huffington Post reports in their recent article, “Small Business in Debt Rescued by Loyal Customers,” the small businesses situated in the tiny town of Point Lookout, on Long Island, are no exception. “Like many small towns, Point Lookout is served by family-run businesses that struggle to compete with chain stores and suppliers. In the recession this struggle becomes even harder. Point Lookout's Merola's grocery store found itself deeply in debt and on the brink of bankruptcy, despite being beloved by town residents.”

HuffPost refers to a recent The New York Times article featuring one such town resident named Dana Conklin, who stepped in to save the struggling grocery store. Conklin, a loyal Merola customer and Point Lookout native, “suggested a one-time fund-raising drive so that customers could help pay the bills and keep the store going until business picked up in the spring and summer. And one by one, customers trooped in with checks or mailed them in -- at last notice, more than 150 of them covering almost half of the store's $100,000 debt to the supplier.”

While these altruistic acts show the unique importance of small business in tiny hamlets like Point Lookout, NY, many small businesses haven’t been so lucky, with many “overhauling their practices to get a leg up in the recession.” For the family-run Merola grocery store, that means operating “smater and tougher -- probably fewer jobs for local kids, employees paying for part of their health care, and the market aggressively seeking new niches, like, say, delivering food to people on the beach.”Regardless of changes the business itself makes, as The Huffington Post rightly points out, “customer loyalty and commitment will be an invaluable asset in the fight.”

And based on last year’s anemic lending figures and the continuing trend of evaporating loans for small business, many mom and pop endeavors are also seeking shelter through the benefits of bankruptcy. The truth remains, if you are no longer able to sustain or expand your business in your current financial situation, filing for bankruptcy may be your best bet. And, in this case, the best move a beleaguered small business owner can make is to consult an experienced bankruptcy attorney who specializes in small business cases. Skilled bankruptcy attorneys like those at The Law Offices of John T. Orcutt can get to work early, navigate any uncertain waters of bankruptcy court and work in your best interests during the duration of your small business bankruptcy. The attorneys at The Law Offices of John T. Orcutt offer a totally FREE debt consultation and now, more than ever, it’s time to take them up on their offer. Just call toll free to +1-919-646-2654, or during the off hours, you can make your own appointment right online at www.billsbills.com. Simply click on the yellow “FREE Consultation Now” button.

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