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    This came from Time, CNN site. Very interesting?

    "Who knows? Maybe flat performance will be considered a remarkable achievement."
    SHANE KIM, of Microsoft, on low sales expectations for next year after the company sold a "record number" of XBox 360s on Black Friday.


    I attended a business meeting yesterday. Another quote I heard there was,
    "If you did not know anything about our recession, How would you be treating your business?"
    This is good thought in that we are all up in arms and blaming someone for our losses. We whine about the loss of jobs and little manufacturing. If we ignor the bad stuff and concentrate on the good, we will be better off? Maybe there is a silver lining we need to grab hold of. I believe if we kick enough doors, one will eventually open? Thank You.
    Our Passion is Coatings,
    Our Obsession is Service!

    Terry Miller COO
    Tegrey Family of Coatings inc.
    330-418-8955

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    Terry

    When it became public this week that we have been in a recession all year, I was actually encouraged. For us, it has been a breakout year of planned growth, and will be our best year to date. Also, knowing that the early 80's recession only lasted 16 months, even if this one drags on (which is likely), its good to know that we can survive.

    Your point is well taken. If we approach our sales and our businesses as if we are sticking with our long plans, thats a good thing. Maybe recession is in the eye of the beholder. I dont think it would help if we approached our consumers with our hats in hand feeling guilty for trying to keep our businesses on a track for success. For us, the key has been marketing. We have learned to market the most when are the busiest and have the most available budget so that when the economy slows we are not caught off guard. It absolutley amazes me the number of local paint contractors who are laying off and dead in the water, but are still not marketing. Its a defeatist attitude: "People just aren't spending money." Companies that have put themselves in a position to succeed will succeed no matter what everyone else is doing. The other thing that contractors sometimes dont get is that there is no silver bullet immediate solution, it takes months of planning and execution to effect change in your business. Thanks for the positive spin.
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    Scott Burt
    Topcoat Finishes, Inc.

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    I'm going to hang out in the silver place with you guys. We've done remarkably well this entire year (after we got WATER). Half of the battle is the attitude you wake up with. I got nothing but good feelings for our little companies in 2009 :)

    Celeste
    Roger Gothorp
    336-516-6139

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    Well, not to get all fluffy here, but I do think that business owners in the trades are better prepared for any upcoming uncertainty than the average population. We are all used to grinding it out to build successful businesses even in good economies. Complacency kills, and the contractors that struggle right now are probably the ones that thought the wave our economy was riding would last forever, especially if they have not been at it long enough to have seen any downturns in the past.

    Folks who lose their jobs in other industries like retail, financial, or technology will probably find it more difficult to land on their feet in similar paying jobs as this economy levels itself out. Contractors seem to have a special gene for survival mode, and better yet, even coming up with ways to succeed when times seem tough. That is one of the true benefits of associations and forums that promote improvement and success.
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    Scott Burt
    Topcoat Finishes, Inc.

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    How true Scott. One thing I see hapening is businesses are not being true to themselves. For instance a roofing company here is now cleaning roofs! LOL They hired a local PW who has no education in this line. Their goal is to have him clean the roof then thay will add zinc strips. From $945. to $2500. We have to be honest and do what we always do. Continue to grow and build our business. Don't follow the waves, they will soon crash on dry land? LOL Thank you.
    Our Passion is Coatings,
    Our Obsession is Service!

    Terry Miller COO
    Tegrey Family of Coatings inc.
    330-418-8955

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    One statistic has always kept me motivated in questionable economic times:

    More millionaires were cretaed during the depression than in any other time in American history. That includes the whole dot com bubble of the 90's.

    Economies change. Housing markets change. Corruption can be a constant. None of that phases me. This is another time of survival of the fittest. If my business falters in 2009 its time to tighten ship, increase efficiency, and further fine tune PressurePros, Inc's marketing efforts. At the end of the belt tightening will be another boom.. followed by another downturn.. then another boom.. and so on and so on.
    Ken Fenner
    PressurePros, Inc
    House Washing
    Pressure Washing Companies




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    I agree as well if you feel you are not doing well then you wont do well but if you seee your doing fine but could use more then youll do fine and youll get more.For my bus.we have been doing just fine if not busyer then normal.
    Marko
    CLEANHOODS formally S&M Cleaning Services since 1997
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    1 saying i learned you make more off the poor then youll make off the rich.How you think the rich got rich off the poor.
    Marko
    CLEANHOODS formally S&M Cleaning Services since 1997
    call 24/7>>>>>>> (828)632-7688 office
    High quality exhaust system detailer...emergency services available...fair rates....guaranteed inspection approval !
    Owner: Marko
    Visit Cleanhoods at:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cleanhoods/186427068726 or http://twitter.com/ Or E-Mail cleanhoods2002@yahoo.com




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    Quote Originally Posted by tegrey View Post
    How true Scott. One thing I see hapening is businesses are not being true to themselves. For instance a roofing company here is now cleaning roofs! LOL They hired a local PW who has no education in this line. Their goal is to have him clean the roof then thay will add zinc strips. From $945. to $2500. We have to be honest and do what we always do. Continue to grow and build our business. Don't follow the waves, they will soon crash on dry land? LOL Thank you.
    We see the same things. Builders who decide that they can hire their own painters and do it for less than hiring us. I have seen some of those backfire this year, and actually been called in as a consultant to help them paint their way out of the problems they created.

    My message would be: do what you do best and do more of it.
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    Scott Burt
    Topcoat Finishes, Inc.

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    I guess sometimes we have to be like Robin Hood! This will come Naturally. Unfortunatly people follow the easiest route to their ends. That is why you ask a fat person the easiest way to do something and they may have the answer! LOL Bad thing though if we feel comfortable in a rut, we will look for ways to get their. Being hard working contractors and up at dawn, we will survive. We will work our way to stardom or get back to where we want to be? Thank You.
    Our Passion is Coatings,
    Our Obsession is Service!

    Terry Miller COO
    Tegrey Family of Coatings inc.
    330-418-8955

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