Here at the DJC, there's been a marked turn around in what stories make it to our most popular list. Namely anything that mentions "recession" or the "economic slowdown" in some way, shape or form immediately jumps to the top of the list.
With that in mind, I've been speaking with people about how business is changing and how they're shifting gears to survive the current downturn. For green building, most people say the same thing: we're shifting how we do business a little bit, in products or services, but we're not making any major changes. We're going to stick with building green.
But with everyone from architecture firms to consultants tightening their belts and making layoffs, it may be hard to keep moving like nothing has happened. For information on how local firms are coping, read these recent DJC articles: read this one on architecture firms, this one on cities, this one on the contracting communities, this one on job seekers, and this one on commercial real estate.
How about you... how has your business, or the work you do changed? What about your long term business plans? Remember, you can always comment anonymously.
As for me, I'm off to a four-hour course hosted by the Associated General Contractors of Washington on ... what else? How to survive a recession.