Back in the mid-90s I went out to speak to a group of individuals attending a Businesspersons Between Jobs (BBJ) meeting. BBJ has been around for years as a resource for those displaced from their jobs and looking for a new beginning. I spoke about starting a business. At the time our economy was booming and there were about 20 of us in a school gymnasium.
A few months ago I went back to speak on the same topic. There were 22o and another 50 or so standing in the back. There are many gauges for the success of the economy as we start to head out of this recession. Thankfully, most of those numbers are looking good.
The number I'll focus on is the weekly attendee list of BBJ. Until we get that number back down in the 20-50 range, we won't fully recover.
--Ron Ameln, SBM