As a business owner, your community--your neighbors and employees, but also your wider circle of fellow entrepreneurs and industry groups--is your greatest source of inspiration and opportunity. That's especially true now, according to a panel of CEOs who spoke at Inc.'s National Small Business Town Hall streaming event on Wednesday.

"Now is a sublime time to start building relationships with whomever you consider your community," says Jessica Johnson-Cope, CEO and president of security services firm Johnson Security Bureau. The panel also included Natalie Kaddas, CEO of plastics manufacturer Kaddas Enterprises and vice chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Council, and Alejandro Velez, co-founder and co-CEO of home gardening kit maker Back to the Roots. Watch the clips below for more of their advice for entrepreneurs navigating the post-pandemic market.

On how to show your employees you care:

On the need to get more creative with hiring and retention strategies:

On forming mutually beneficial relationships with bigger companies:

On where to seek out motivation in tough times: