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Surviving Serious Business Situations

April 24, 2013

Business Advice for Women Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses


As I drove back from Boston on Saturday, after living through the lock down that resulted from the Boston Marathon bombings, I was overwhelmed with relief, gratitude and exhaustion from the experience. The decision to visit my son after our Women TIES Albany event just made sense. Boston wasn’t too far away and I knew I would have peace of mind making sure he was okay. Little did I know we would be staying in a hotel 5 minutes from Watertown that went into lock down with the rest of the Greater Boston area.

After my return, it took the weekend to catch my breath and settle my thoughts. It’s amazing how tense situations grip our mind, spirit, and body so strongly. I felt like I had been hit by a Mack truck until Monday morning.

As soon as the work week began, I found myself on the phone with a couple women entrepreneurs who admitted to me their businesses have been struggling. They are seriously contemplating whether they should close shop or keep going. I sensed the same exhaustion in their voices. Both of them have been in business for more than 8 years but the overall economy, New York State taxes and reduced customer spending is truly affecting the earnings they are making.

My sense is they are not alone. Many women don’t make enough money to keep their businesses going but like the strong Boston people are determined to rise from the ashes and keep trying time and time again. These women are seeking a conversation with other business owners to discuss how they feel and plausible ideas for the future. In times of crisis, whether it’s a global crisis, national incident or local community problem, people want to talk to others to share their thoughts and concepts in order to make a plan. I intend to host a special Women TIES program in May to do just that for women who are looking for some answers and a place to discuss their deepest business concerns.

Today’s post is to encourage you to stop shouldering serious situations on your own. There is a multitude of professional, personal and business advisors willing to listen, discuss and help you plan your next move. By involving others in your decision, you open up new opportunities to think about your problem and see creative solutions you might not have seen before.

If the Boston Marathon bombings taught everyone experiencing it or watching it something , it is we are never alone. We are in the midst of wonderful, caring individuals who are there to lend a hand, their ear or heart in dire situations. Rely on the goodness of other people to help you make tough business decisions.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2013 2:00 pm

    Tracey, I loved this article. Women business owners must collaborate with other women business owners. Men do it all the time, it’s called the golf course:) Thank you for this, Adele Cole-Brown


  2. April 25, 2023 3:21 pm

    Reblogged this on Women TIES and commented:

    Ten years ago today, this was the blog post I wrote. I thought it would be interesting to repost ten years later and the advice helps you today. XO Tracy


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