I hear a lot of small business owners saying things like “the government bailed out the big guys, what about the small guys?” ” What about us?” I say let them keep their bailout money in Washington. I know I didn’t start my small business with the intention of using government money to survive. I’ve learned that nothing is free. I prefer to rely on my own ingenuity to survive this economic downturn. As any business owner knows – it’s not easy. If it was easy everyone would own their own business.