Noobpreneur.com had a good post earlier this month on how small businesses can help each other out during the current tough economic times.
Why not forming an association or entrepreneurs club yourself? This way, you can attract people that think alike.
If your club has enough membership, you can arrange for personal development or business seminars that can help your club members, and yourself, to be better in attitude and ability to face recession.
While nobody wants to think about giving up their own business identity, partnerships and mergers are sometimes the key to survival.
You can read the whole piece here.