Kasza also did enough paperwork the last year, keeping a careful eye on cash-drains like change orders. The Little Guys company has not been immune to the serious need for streamlining business practices. There's been more than one layoff and a reorginizing of everything from advertising to payroll.
"We're in survival mode as opposed to growth mode," said Wexler. "You can try to put cherries or chocolate sauce on it, but the fact is, it's freakin' brutal out there right now. I've never seen anything like this and like this for as long...but if there's a thin silver lining to the whole thing, it's that you are cleaning things up and eliminating waste and finding ways to do business better."
After working sales at The Little Guys since a year after in opened in 1994, Kasza says time has just reinforced the same lessons that he grew up with on the South Side.