As 2009 comes to a close, we'll take a look back at what was a very difficult year for small business owners all over the country. The credit crisis made it difficult to secure a loan. Unemployment continued to rise. The new administration made fixing the economy a top priority, and President Obama pledged his support for small businesses by guaranteeing a higher percentage of SBA backed loans and urging Congress to increase the size of the loans. We'll also see how some entrepreneurs were forced to drastically alter their business models in order to survive in these difficult economic times.
Ken Yancey, CEO of SCORE, and William Dunkelberg, Chief Economist for the National Federation of Independent Business, discuss the economic outlook for 2010 and discuss the challenges small business owners will face in the new year.
--Rod Kurtz, Senior Editor for Inc. Magazine
--Phil Town, investment advisor and author of "Rule #1: The Simple Strategy for Successful Investing in Only 15 Minutes a Week!"
Learning from the Pros
Over the past year, we've sat down with a number of CEO's to find out how they've guided their businesses to such great success. This week, we'll take a look back at some of their most interesting pieces of advice. We'll hear from Stew Leonard Jr., CEO of Stew Leonard's, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, restaurateur Bobby Flay, iRobot CEO Colin Angle, Jake Burton, CEO of Burton Snowboards, Maxine Clark, CEO of Build-A-Bear, and Dylan Lauren, CEO of Dylan's Candy Bar.