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At least 100,000 small businesses have had to close permanently in the last nine months, according to data gathered by Yelp. Millions more have dealt with temporary closures and major losses in revenue.

Now, many remaining small businesses are reliant on a strong holiday shopping season, and there’s finally some good news for these business owners and their employees.

For example, at the Boston area small business called Boing Toy Shop, owner Kim Mitchell has been working overtime for the pasting nine months. She has had drastically change her business model.

“In certain ways, I feel like although I am in the same physical footprint, I am almost running a completely different business,” said Mitchell.

Since the start of the pandemic, Mitchell has had to shift more than half of her business online and added curbside pickup to keep her toy shop out of the red.

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Saturday was “Small Business Saturday,” but small businesses should always be front-of-mind these days. Now more than ever, local shops and entrepreneurs deserve our support. But that’s pretty easy when what they’re making is this cool.

Compiled by Adele Chapin, Anying Guo, Fritz Hahn, Angela Haupt, Michael O’Sullivan and Stephanie Williams.


Packages of stationery from Appointed arrive fastened with tape inscribed with the words “Beautiful Tools to Inspire Beautiful Work.” That’s graphic designer Suann Song’s mantra. After having a hard time finding “minimalist, super-functional, well-designed American-made paper products,” she decided to make them herself, launching Appointed in 2015. All the materials are purposefully selected (such as the U.S.-manufactured, water-resistant book cloth covers), and then almost everything is assembled in Appointed’s Ivy City warehouse. The signature product is Appointed’s monogrammable spiral-bound notebook ($24). But lately, Song’s having trouble keeping up with demand for planners, which went up more than fivefold

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Dec. 3, 2020Updated: Dec. 3, 2020 7:34 a.m.

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As we look back at 2020, CNBC Make It would love to hear how you fared and how your financial goals changed (even if you ignored them completely or they became impossible as the pandemic hit). Fill out this survey for a chance to be featured in a future article. You can also email money reporter Alicia Adamczyk directly at [email protected].

This holiday season, shoppers are planning to spend their dollars at businesses that have shown similar social values — particularly treating their employees well — throughout the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent survey by consulting firm Accenture. And 40% plan to support minority-owned businesses in particular.

Though small businesses of all stripes have been hit hard throughout the pandemic, Black-owned small businesses have suffered disproportionately, according to an August analysis from the Federal Reserve. Not only are they often located in neighborhoods that were harder hit by

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#SmallBusinessEveryDay Advent Calendar brings daily suggestions to support local

TORONTO, Dec. 2, 2020 /CNW/ – Small business owners are feeling the pandemic burnout, with close to half reporting they have suffered from mental health issues as a result of COVID-19, and 43 per cent saying they have worked significantly more hours, according to the latest survey results by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

“Many Canadians are struggling with stress right now, and small business owners are no exception. Many of them rely on this time of year to stay afloat, but most are nowhere near their usual sales levels at a really critical time for their survival,” said Laura Jones, CFIB’s executive vice-president.

Unfortunately, the start of the holiday shopping season has been weak for small businesses. The latest results on CFIB’s Small Business Recovery Dashboard show that:

  • 62 per cent are fully open (compared to
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Many were forced to shut their doors during the pandemic and some turned to selling products online for the first time.

BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. — Data shows small businesses saw a boost in online sales this past weekend. 

Many were forced to shut their doors during the pandemic and some turned to selling products online for the first time.

A Blount County business did just that and saw an online boom over the holiday weekend. 

Joy Carver, owner of Dandy Lions Gifts in Maryville, said getting into the online market was never the initial plan. 

“I think people have loved us through the years because we know them by name and they like the personal aspect of it,” she said.

But shutting down earlier this year made her consider otherwise. 

“As everyone learned, early March or April it was sink or swim. Some of those hard held long beliefs I

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FREDERICKSBURG, VA — The Virginia Black Business Directory has released a holiday gift guide for shoppers who want to support Black-owned businesses in the state during the holiday season.

The digital guide includes lots of holiday gift ideas that can be purchased online. The guide also has information about special discounts at stores and businesses across Virginia.

The holiday gift guide features an interview with Renee Ventrice, co-owner of Cork and Keg Tours in Ashburn. The company takes customers on tours of many of the wineries and breweries in Loudoun County.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Ventrice has been hosting virtual wine tastings of Loudoun wines using Zoom. For in-person tours, Cork and Keg Tours has installed a partition in the Mercedes van between the driver and the customers who go on tours of wineries and breweries.

SEE ALSO: Virginia Black Business Directory Expo Coming To Fredericksburg

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The market brings together a community of 60+ vendors from the Portland-metro area, featuring local BIPOC and women entrepreneurs and businesses.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Friends always knew Komi Nugloze had an eye for fashion design. “Every time we would go somewhere they’d say ‘Oh, you like to dress up, you need to be a designer and create some clothes for us’ and it started like that,” said Nugloze.

His business started in his homeland of Togo in West Africa. At 18 years old, he started sewing and traveled all over West Africa to sell his designs. Five years ago, Nugloze brought his passion for fashion to downtown Portland with N’kossi Boutique. 

“I’m trying to use African fabric to adapt to the regular clothes everybody can wear,” explained Nugloze. He uses African fabric to make custom one-of-a-kind pieces and also sells jewelry made in Togo.

This year his business suffered a

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Isolated in their rooms and unable to have face-to-face visitors, senior living residents are by far one of the most severely impacted populations by the coronavirus pandemic. Complicating matters are rising costs of senior care and increased vacancies that have financially hobbled senior living establishments so they are unable to provide as many personal touches to their care programs as they normally would, especially during the holiday season.

Thanks to the compassion of several WSU Carson College of Business students, more than 60 senior living residents in several communities managed by Era Living are receiving a series of hand-made cards and a bookmark to lift their spirits and let them know someone is thinking about them during the holidays.

The vision for the holiday card campaign belongs

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For most small business owners and their families — particularly those that have suffered so much because of the pandemic — there is little to be thankful for this holiday season. Except for one thing: Donald Trump. “I’m disappointed that he lost,” a client told me last week. “But I’m thankful for the four years we had.”  

She’s not alone. 

While many are celebrating the president’s election loss, millions of small business owners and their employees who made up the historic 74 million people that voted for him will lament his departure in the new year. Sure, they are frustrated with his behavior, communication style, personality and leadership flaws that significantly overshadowed the many policy achievements of his administration … and cost him the election. But — at least economically — they are thankful for what he did.

For example, during the president’s tenure, economic growth picked up significantly

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