This is part of a series of personal accounts about small business and the recession. The writers are contributors to Associated Content.

by Shirley Thagard

The president of a northern Idaho Chevrolet dealership said she’s not particularly nervous about the closing of almost 1,200 General Motors dealerships.

That’s because Eve Knudtsen, the third-generation president of the family-owned Knudtsen Chevrolet in Post Falls, Idaho, did not receive notice from GM on Monday morning that her dealership would be on the automaker’s list of closures.

Even so, the economy has been tough on the business.

I have been a customer at Knudtsen Chevrolet for 20 years. I know many of the employees, so I was curious if they had to lay off any workers recently. She told me they started streamlining about three years ago.

“I wanted to get lean and efficient,” Knudtsen told me. “We did eliminate some positions then and have since restructured some management positions, but we have not laid off any employees recently.”