Writers Strike Could Devastate Small Businesses

Thousands of outfits subcontract exclusively from entertainment studios and production companies, says small biz consultant Mark Deo

As Hollywood writers face off against movie and television executives in the recently called Writers Guild of America strike, an often overlooked group may bear the brunt of the work stoppage. Thousands of small companies based in Southern California and New York subcontract exclusively from entertainment studios and production companies, says Mark Deo, executive director of consulting firm the Small Business Advisory Network. He spoke recently to Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein about how a protracted union walkout could devastate hundreds of small firms. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow.

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