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How to Help Small Businesses Survive COVID’s Next Phase

America small-business owners moved quickly when COVID-19 started shuttering shops in March. Fine dining restaurants shifted to takeout. Book shops introduced curbside pickup. Gyms offered classes online.

Business owners, it seemed, just needed to face this once-in-a-lifetime calamity and get through a few months, when normalcy would resume. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—government-funded forgivable loans designed to help businesses pay their employees—would help them weather the storm.

Six months later, there’s still no end in sight to the pandemic and no easy answers for small-business owners trying to survive. Strict safety protocols haven’t been enough to get customers through the door for some small businesses, and many owners—crushed by inventory and overhead costs—are grappling with hard choices.

“This is the worst small-business crisis of my lifetime, and I’ve seen a number of tough moments,” says Karen G. Mills, senior fellow at Harvard Business School. “I’m quite concerned that we haven’t

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Hampton Roads small businesses report improvements, but hurdles remain

Hampton Roads small businesses are bouncing back from effects of the coronavirus pandemic even though many owners say they will need more financial assistance in the coming months, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau survey.

a person wearing a costume: Assistant manager Nicole Beasley wears a mask as she looks through a display at Philip Michael Fashion for Men on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Norfolk, Va.

© Kaitlin McKeown/Virginia Media/The Virginian-Pilot/TNS
Assistant manager Nicole Beasley wears a mask as she looks through a display at Philip Michael Fashion for Men on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Norfolk, Va.

Survey respondents said, by several metrics, their businesses were improving in the few months since COVID-19 began spreading locally and Gov. Ralph Northam imposed sweeping restrictions through a stay-at-home order. More employers have stopped cutting worker hours, revenues are improving, and fewer respondents have reported supply chain disruptions.


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“They really are adapting to the situation and pulling,” said Kylie Sibert, spokesperson for the Retail Alliance advocacy organization in Norfolk.

Northam’s March 30 stay-at-home order closed restaurant dining rooms, shuttered entertainment

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Small and midsize businesses provide an ideal business development proposal

One of the most difficult tasks in building a business is spreading the word, and even the best ideas can be spewed out if they can’t find the right audience.

As part of its “Business as Normal” program, Dell Technologies has given two small Australian companies the opportunity to pitch their offerings to audiences by putting them on an elevator show.

The first company to make the presentation introduced a new solution to curb the recycling crisis in Australia while helping to entertain young children while playing.

Happy Planet Toys is Australia’s first company to make toys from 100 percent recycled milk bottles.

According to founder and owner Miranda Davidson, the idea occurred to her when she realized that as a mother of three, she did not want her children’s toys to contribute to environmental waste.

“Our toys are environmentally friendly, and most importantly, children like to play with them

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Atlanta BeltLine Partnership to hire consultant to nurture businesses along Southside Trail

By David Pendered

The Atlanta BeltLine’s fundraising arm intends to hire a consultant to knit together the business community on the southernmost segment of the BeltLine to promote business development and forestall gentrification.

A new push is underway to convene the business community located along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Southside Trail. Credit: beltline.org, David Pendered

Friday is the deadline for submissions that respond to the request for proposals issued by the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Inc. The contract award is set for Sept. 28. The budget is up to $18,000.

The target area is a portion of the Southside Trail. Specifically, the area between I-85 and westward, just past U.S. 41. The four neighborhoods are: Adair Park; Capitol View; Capitol View Manor, and Pittsburgh.

The BeltLine Partnership’s effort coincides with the pending opening of a business incubator that could help transform the area. Pittsburgh Yards is built atop a former trucking site,

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Thousands of businesses got critical loans during pandemic | Govt-and-politics

“I didn’t furlough one person, let go anybody,” she said. “I’m proud that I was able to do that. I’m appreciative of the money I received because that was literally the thing that kept me up at night while this was going on.”

Connecticut was not alone in offering struggling small businesses no- or low-interest loans, or in some cases, grants. Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Washington, Utah and Pennsylvania came up with programs after the pandemic hit, while many cities, including San Francisco, Denver and Chicago, also offered loans to local businesses. Amounts have ranged from $3,000 to $100,000.

In Connecticut, records show 15.4% of the state’s loans went to minority-owned businesses and 27.6% were issued to women-owned businesses. Full repayment is required one year after receipt of the funds, but applicants can request a six-month extension.

While Lehman considers Connecticut’s program a success, it appears unlikely

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Free tech help for small businesses, entrepreneurs


Project Hope (Photo: Provided)

The Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has partnered with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business to provide digital marketing and e-commerce assistance to small businesses affected by COVID-19.

Through project HOPE, IU Kelley students, under the direction of faculty members, work directly with client companies of the Indiana SBDC to complete

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Tribes in Montana receive grants for small businesses

Nora Mabie, Great Falls Tribune
Published 8:59 a.m. MT Sept. 4, 2020


The Montana Department of Commerce announced Thursday that eight tribes in Montana will receive $20,000 to support Native-owned small businesses. (Photo: ~File)

The Montana Department of Commerce announced recently that eight tribes in Montana will receive $20,000 to support Native-owned small businesses.

Funding was made available through the Commerce’s Native American Business Advisors program, which supports Indigenous entrepreneurs as they start and grow businesses. The program provides resources, writing assistance and financial counseling to help local economies, according to a news release. 

“This program is a tremendous boost to our local business owners and we look forward to helping those businesses achieve success,” said Janet Camel, economic development planning director for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes. 

Paul Tuss, executive director of Bear Paw Development Corporation, said the grant will allow the organization to continue providing support

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COVID’s suffocating grasp is choking businesses in Cambridge’s Central Square

“I’m wondering whether or not I can survive,” he said last week. “Right now I’m just hoping and praying.”

Adelson has a lot of company in his worries. Central Square, home to an eclectic array of shops, and before the pandemic, a bustling restaurant and nightlife scene, is in many ways emblematic of the devastation the coronavirus has wrought on small businesses across the region and country — and of the way the virus’s suffocating grasp has spread into the most vibrant neighborhoods.

“We’re all worried,” said Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui recently of what kind of Central Square will emerge from the pandemic.

Date spot Cuchi Cuchi called it quits in May after 19 years. The Field, a popular, no-frills Irish pub on Prospect Street, made it 25 years before closing in July.

Customers browse at Rodney's Book Store, which has been in the square for 20 years and will close on Oct. 31.
Customers browse at Rodney’s Book Store, which has been in the square for 20 years and will
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