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Updated: 12/24/2017 08:30:00AM

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In this Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, photo, Beth McRae, owner of the public relations firm The McRae Agency, poses for a photo at her home in Paradise Valley, Ariz. Ten years after the Great Recession began, business for McRae's agency is still below where it was in 2007, and she has no further plans to hire.

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In this Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, photo, Jeremy Brandt, CEO of We Buy Houses, poses for a photo outside his office in Bedford, Texas. Brandt's company survived the Great Recession by shifting focus.

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In this Sept. 29, 2017, photo, Steve Birnhak, CEO of Inwindow Outdoor, demonstrates his company's interactive screen in a New York storefront. Birnhak's company found opportunity in the vacant retail storefronts during the Great Recession.

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By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG

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NEW YORK — They are business survivors — owners whose small companies withstood the Great Recession that forced thousands of others out of business. Along the way, many had to lay off workers, forgo salaries or find new ways to earn money.

Ten years after the official start of the downturn, some entrepreneurs profiled by The Associated Press as the recession began say now that they are grateful but not gleeful; they have many painful memories and lessons learned.

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