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Downtown Durham businesses hope online sales, outdoor dining will help them survive pandemic :: WRAL.com

— In addition to stunting the national and global economies, the coronavirus pandemic has changed how some places do business.

The Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill issued a study Tuesday outlining seven ways the pandemic is reshaping institutions, including people now shop online more and get things delivered rather than going out to stores.

Jeddah’s Tea, on Market Street in downtown Durham, never had a website before the pandemic. Now, the shop sells only online for delivery or curbside pick-up.

“We’re probably doing about 35 percent of what we were doing when we were open,” owner Morgan Siegel said. “It was extremely stressful. I would have nights where I was dry heaving and stressing out about how are we going to make this work.”

Siegel said she can’t afford to open for service inside

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Durham, NC named a top city in US for female entrepreneurs

North Carolina is home to one of the best cities in the country for women entrepreneurs, a new report finds.

Durham ranked No. 7 on a list of places where conditions support women who start businesses, according to results released last month from Fundera.

To come up with its findings, the small business resource says it examined the 100 U.S. cities that have the most workers. Analysts studied federal government and Tax Foundation data to determine business ownership, income, affordability and educational attainment, according to Fundera.

Durham made it into the top 10 after getting a boost for its percentage of all “self-employed business owners who are women” — a figure that stands at 47.1%, results show. It also received high scores for its pre-pandemic job growth and “relatively low housing costs,” according to the findings.

“Despite its high ranking, Durham still has room to grow as a top city

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