NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Running a small business isn't easy even in normal times, so imagine what it's like when your country is in the midst of a crippling debt crisis and you're not even sure what currency it will be using in the future.
That's the situation being faced by many small business owners in Greece, and it's hitting exporters particularly hard.
TheStreet caught up with several of them at this year's Summer Fancy Food Show, a gathering that brings specialty food-makers from around the world together with potential customers ranging from small caterers to warehouse giant Costco (COST).
Olive and preserved fruit producer Intercomm Foods, for example, is looking to find its first U.S. partners. But the company has had to comfort uncertain customers, who worry that Intercomm might be unable to fulfill orders due to the Greek debt crisis.
"We've told them we can supply them as we do normally," said Ioanna-Alexandra Saitis of Intercomm's export department, adding that the company has "done its homework" and purchased many imported inputs it needs in advance, from packaging to sugar, to reassure customers.
Another food manufacturer at the show seeking to make its first sales in the U.S. is Violanta, a company that specializes in cream-filled cookies, and which already exports its products to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Export manager Philip Zouros said the cookie-maker has achieved a 50% growth rate for the past five years, through the worst of Greece's debt crisis. He proudly showed off the business cards of retailers he had pitched that day, among them Trader Joe's.
But despite developing a new peanut butter-flavored cookie designed to cater to American tastes, Zouros worried about the consequences if Greece were to stop using the euro.
"We may have customers very wary of giving us advance deposits toward an order," he said. That would force them "to first ship the merchandise and be paid after."