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Hard times getting harder
Hard times getting harder
Siobhan Westapher, third from the right, with her staff.
Siobhan Westapher
President, Independent Artists
Dallas, Texas

I have been profitable and responsible for 19 years. This month, 60% of my orders have been cancelled.

This will be the first time I have to lay off staff. Many of them have been employed with 100% health benefits and a good income for over 10 years. They work hard and I feel awful I will not be able to keep them. This has been the most difficult period for small business I have ever witnessed.

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LAST UPDATE: Jan 29 2009 | 2:34 PM ET
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