Small businesses finding ways to survive

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Twin Cronnies employee Jennifer Chavez checks an order before running drinks out to a waiting customer. The Twin Cronnies is one of several regional businesses making changes to cope with the recession.

By Gabriel Monte and Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff

Despite having to increase his prices, cut staff and shorten
operating hours, Twin Cronnie Drive-In Owner Clint Harden is optimistic
about the local economy because of the new mission at Cannon Air Force

While the recession has hit small businesses hard nationally, some
Clovis and Portales businesses are managing to soften the blow