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October 16, 2020

Pandemic hammers small businesses hardest, likely cutting off a vital source of post-recession hiring

  • Roughly one in five small businesses have closed, according to the data firm Womply.
  • By PAUL WISEMAN
    AP Economics Writer

    WINCHESTER, Va. — In a normal year, hundreds of book lovers would have descended on Winchester this summer for Shenandoah University's annual children's literature conference.

    Some would have made their way to Christine Patrick's bookshop downtown. Winchester Brew Works would have rolled out kegs this month for Oktoberfest revelers. The Hideaway Cafe, occupying a prime location at the corner of Cork and Loudoun streets, would be advertising its monthly Divas Drag Show.


     
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