It's no secret that the waters have been rough for business owners over the past several years.
But sometimes, there are signs of a light at the end of the long, often dauting recession tunnel. The Dow Jones topped 13,000 last week for the first time since 2008. It steadily loomed around that number early Monday.
As the big economic picture seems to be brightening, Patch asked local business owners what adjustments, if any, they've made to weather the recession.
Owners from , , , and gave their tips. See the responses above, in the photo captions.
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