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A tough time to expand
A tough time to expand
Rob Gillen
Owner, Graphics Factory
St. George, Utah

I had an online-only business selling clip art, and just this year I opened a brick-and-mortar storefront for printing. I was thinking that canvas prints for families would be a hot item this holiday, but so far, I've had a hard time getting people to come in and look around.

I've already cut a lot of costs, laying off all my employees and reducing prices. After a slow September, a typically busy time when many schools order banners, I'm not feeling confident. If the consumer spending gets worse, I may need to relocate to a building where my lease is cheaper or go back to being an online-only establishment.

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