Cash-Flow Crisis Is Recession's Legacy for Small Biz

Custom cabinet seller M&J Kitchens survived the Great Recession even though its revenue from homeowners and builders dropped by more than half in 2009. Then, last August, with sales tracking 42 percent higher than a year earlier, owner Drew Davies shut the East Greenwich (R.I.) company after 26 years, unable to pay his bills. M&J was a casualty of a cash-flow crisis precipitated by his bank and trading partners who, Davies says, abandoned payment agreements that had been in place for decades.

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