Sven Ramklint, owner of All About Blinds, joins the East Hampton Business Round Table discussion on small businesses surviving the recession. Photo copyright 2009 HTNP.com
This is Part II of three video segments (Part I was posted on Aug. 30) in which HTNP.com interviews some of East Hampton’s small business owners about what kind of challenges they are facing in the current economic downturn and what strategies they are using to keep their businesses going.
In this segment, we continue our discussion with owners and management for Fit-Trix Fitness Center (Jane Traceski), H20 Equipment Co. (Janet Frosti) and All About Blinds (Sven Ramklint)
For more information about these companies, click on their banners that appear beside the news column.
The interviews are conducted by Eric Lopkin, president of The Modern Observer Group http://www.modernobserver.com/
Part I ended with a discussion about President Obama’s stimulus funds, and the state’s budget proposals which include surcharges on company profits [this segment was taped before the Legislature finalized the state budget.]
Janet Frosti of H20 Equipment. Copyright 2009 HTNP.com
Weighing in on the issue as it affects her company, Janet Frosti recalls the former Gov. Weicker years and says, “Once a new tax is in place, it will be on your dinner table for a long time.” She also talks about taxation penalizing businesses that become successful.
Jane Traceski questions why the government isn’t run more like a business, which must operate within its means, pays its bills, and rewards employees on the basis of performance – not just for staying in office.
And Sven Ramklint talks about how his business has come full circle since he first launched it – having to let go of employees and run a one-man show, and how the government should provide incentives for business growth versus taxing them out of business.
Jane Traceski, owner of FIT-TRIX fitness center. Copyright 2009 HTNP.com
“Stay tuned” for more discussion in Part III.
Posted Sept. 3, 2009
Note, there’s a small glitch in the video clip – the “theme music” is delayed. We will fix it… in the meantime, thank you for your patience and for reading East Hampton Today.