Most small business owners will tell you they're just one bad sales period away from going out of business.
But High River Chamber of Commerce President Steven Muth says it's even tougher in small towns during hard economic times.
And he says small business owners are the ultimate survivors.
"Small business people are always some of the most resilient people. There's a joke that kind of runs in the small business community of "who would survive in a nuclear apocalypse? It'd be the cockroaches, the rats and the small business owners." Because they seem to be able to get through everything. But when more and more headwinds are put in front of them, eventually they just have to wave the white flag."
Muth says it's tough to see a few long running businesses in High River throw in the towel this year, but he's encouraged that others are already looking to step in to fill the void.
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