Skin-care guru Renee Rouleau, Recycle Revolution co-owner Maria Lott and five other Dallas small-business owners shared stories at a recent round table about innovations that kept their businesses thriving during the recession. Rouleau tapped Twitter to find stay-at-home moms to work for her, and Lott cut costs by turning her sales staff into independent contractors. Much of the discussion focused on rising insurance costs.

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