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Crisis Shows Ripple Effect of Business

Our focus at BTS is on small companies that are the backbone of the economy.

Our work generally involves representing companies as they seek to sell or implement a growth through acquisition plan. This gives us exceptional insight into what it is like to be owner-operators.

Earlier this week, we checked in with two clients: one is shut down for employee safety, and another is fully running in order to manufacture components needed in the health sector.

One thing is clear: even the smallest private companies can have a big ripple effect on the economy.

An article in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend traced the impact of one restaurant in Georgia shutting down its dining room, and showed how the upheaval had a spider web impact on the economy.

This one shutdown of operation hurt a hydroponic lettuce grower, reduced orders to a farm to table business, a waitress relying on tips couldn’t pay rent, the laundry service had to cut back because of reduced tablecloth orders.

We know what it feels like to be frightened about the future considering the current health crisis. We’ve pushed transactions out weeks and even months during the uncertain times.

But all is not lost. Please don’t get overcome with doom. Many resources are available to help you weather the storm.

Talk to your banker. Talk to informed advisors. Search the web for resources. Be pro-active.

One huge resources is the Small Business Administration. It has a lot of information available and programs are in place with others coming online to help business get back into business as the health crisis passes.

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    Our focus at BTS is on small companies that are the backbone of the economy...This gives us exceptional insight into what it is like to be owner-operators.

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Case Studies

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