It can be really hard for a small business when a large customer or source of customers shuts down. However it doesn't mean that your business can't succeed, you just need to find new markets and be a little innovative in your approach to marketing. This blog has some stories from inspiration business owners who have faced challenges when their biggest source of customers stops but have found ways to keep their business running and stay profitable. I hope it is inspirational for small business owners who are facing their own challenges. Please feel free to share your own stories in the comments.
If you're thinking of buying land for any purpose, including land that is already developed, you may want to have it surveyed for potential contamination. As the owner, you will typically become legally responsible for any contamination on that site, even if the contamination occurred before your purchase. While it may be good to have any parcel inspected and surveyed for potential contamination, note when it's especially good to have an environmental assessment done before deciding if a parcel of land is right for you.
When there is nearby farmland
Farmland can easily mean contamination of nearby properties, even one that is properly maintained and with animals that are contained away from your potential land purchase. Animal waste and other such refuse can be washed away in rain, so that they reach your property or get absorbed by soil and water supplies that also reach your potential land purchase.
Wells on farms can also get contaminated and then leak or otherwise have runoff that contaminates groundwater and soil. Farms may also have outhouses and other such facilities installed along their back acreage, and these may be connected to septic systems that may leak and cause contamination. Don't assume that your potential parcel of land is too far from the cause of contamination, but have it surveyed if there are any nearby farms.
Gas and petrol facilities
If there are, or ever have been, gasoline or any type of petroleum stations, refineries or other such facilities anywhere near your parcel of land, you want to have it inspected. Petroleum and gasoline can easily seep into the ground or nearby water supplies, causing contamination. It's important to have this survey done even if those facilities have been removed, as leaks and runoff can still contaminate property long after their initial damage. There may also be underground tanks that hold old materials and these may also leak, and cause contamination to your proposed property purchase.
If the land you're thinking of buying has a septic system, or ever had a septic system installed, it's good to have that land inspected for contamination, as that system may have leaked, been poorly maintained or may have otherwise caused contamination to the land. A poor-quality system may also cause the soil to shift and sink, allowing for more moisture to then run to the soil; this water supply can also then bring with it more contamination. No matter the type of system or how long ago it was removed, have the land surveyed before your purchase.