Thursday, April 2, 2009

Me - and the Suits

The panel discussion this morning at the Pasadena Playhouse District's annual meeting went very well.

Amid all the gloom and doom, I tried to give some glimmers of hope and some practical suggestions for how small business owners can capitalize on their enhanced standing with the public.

Several people thanked me afterward. I only wish more entrepreneurs had been in attendance. City officials and legislative assistants seemed to outnumber actual small business owners in the audience.

One point I made was how important it is for business owners to get together with their peers and trade information and encouragement at this tough time. It's easy to hunker down with a cave mentality when things aren't going well - but it is very unhealthy, both personally and for your business.


  1. It's very challenging to get small business owners to come out during business hours.

    So. . . who are "the suits"?

  2. Susan: Yes, I'm sure it is.

    My fellow panelists are (L-R) Michael Stead, director of capital markets for Bank of the West and Kent Smith, executive director of the LA Fashion District.

    Michael gave a macro-economic presentation and Kent moderated the panel.