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U.S. small businesses face mass closures without more pandemic aid

By Ann Saphir and Jonnelle Marte

OAKLAND, Calif./NEW YORK (Reuters) – After surviving two strokes at age 27, Olivia Colt threw herself into starting a catering business, a lifelong dream. Ten years and another stroke later, she had built Salt & Honey Catering Plus Events into a thriving operation in downtown Oakland.

Now with the coronavirus pandemic forcing cancellations of her customers’ weddings and events, she has slashed her staff from 25 to six and tried to drum up new business by selling groceries online. She secured a $100,000 forgivable loan under the U.S. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and another

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3 New York City businesses on what it’s been like reopening in the first U.S. epicenter of the pandemic

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New York City quickly became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States this past spring. As the novel coronavirus has spread rapidly elsewhere nationwide, New York has been able to bring cases down and began to reopen businesses this summer, making it a possible blueprint for other American cities once they have the virus under control.

Anyone who has ventured out to a store or small business that is not a grocery store or a pharmacy

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Shopping from black-owned businesses is a vote for equality with our wallets


The murder of black American George Floyd in May has been a catalyst for demanding racial equality across the world. Conversations have swiftly moved beyond police brutality to interrogate the wider racist context it sits in. Workplace discrimination, institutionalised racism and Britain’s colonial hangover are all issues demanding change and accountability – and it’s about time.

The Black Lives Matter demonstrations organised across Britain were met with shock and confusion by a lot of people: why were we risking Covid-19 to protest an event that happened thousands of miles away in another country, another society? But those most affected

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