Thanks to locked-up credit markets, plunging profits and a deepening recession, companies can expect a much longer period of brutal cold through 2009. Without easy access to bank credit lines, CEOs of companies that not already well-capitalized must get resourceful about finding the necessary cash to operate, whether they need the funds to buy additional inventory, open a new facility or just make payroll. But while access to capital might not exactly be quick and easy, there are a number of ways for solid mid-size companies to ease cash flow even in the current financial freeze. These are: 1. Find the right lender. 2. Use your assets. 3. Find a friendly venture capitalist. 4. Sell the building. Before seeking any additional debt, make sure you've explored every opportunity for cost reduction. CEOs are sometimes reluctant to make the cuts they need to survive, opting instead to borrow.