"We're trying to assess the changing economic environment so we can be as responsive as possible," said Jean Wall, associate state director for the University of Alaska SBDC.
Such assistance could be critical to the survival of small businesses, which in turn drive the economy, she
"I think we have found in periods of economic distress it really boils down to small businesses," she
said."If there are things we can help them do then we can all move through this new economy much more smoothly."
Tactics businesses can use include improving cash management, reducing overhead or targeting different customers, she
The two forums were conducted in late October.
Participants identified tourism, transportation, hotels and lodging, and restaurants as sectors most likely to be affected.
Seventy-one percent of survey respondents believed their businesses would be directly affected as a result of the East Coast attacks.About half of those respondents felt the impact would be a negative one.
An official from the New York Small Business Development Center
said that many of the 15,000 businesses near the World Trade Center
were not ready to discuss possible business recovery efforts until Oct. 7, Wall