Tough all over: Business owners talk about survival
Erin Taylor, Miner Staff Reporter
Monday, August 03, 2009
KINGMAN - Even Mayor John Salem isn't immune from a bad economy.
Salem's auto repair shop has gone from 14 employees to just four and revenue has dropped to one-third of what it was in 2002.
"You're having a hard time paying your bills? Me, too," Salem said. "So's the guy next to you. You're having a hard time getting your revenues up to where they used to be? So am I, so's the guy next to you. We're all facing this horrible economy together."
We were long overdue for a leader to step up and begin the fight.
It gets better...
Small business owners met Wednesday to discuss survival strategies in today's economy. The good news, Salem said, is that things appear to be poised to improve. He implored people to support plans for new biofuels and solar facilities looking to relocate to Kingman. He said meetings for the proposed projects are often hijacked by those against them.
"These people are getting ready to pump millions of dollars into our local economy, and to chase them away because of concerns about water, aesthetics issues and the 'not in my backyard attitude' is ridiculous," Salem said.
It had to start somewhere.
Thank you Mayor.