“When the COVID-19 pandemic first struck last year, it posed a historic challenge to America’s small businesses. From coast to coast, in big cities, small towns, rural enclaves and Tribal communities, small business owners and workers demonstrated remarkable courage and resilience, adapting to sudden changes in our way of life and stepping up to serve their communities,” he said. In proclaiming National Small News Week, President Joe Biden touched on businesses that have adapted to the challenges of COVID-19 while providing valuable service to their communities. “Across the country, small businesses extended helping hands to their neighbors during the pandemic’s darkest hours, all while entrepreneurs and employees worked tirelessly around the clock to keep their businesses afloat, make payroll and ensure the safety of their teams and customers,” Biden said.
The growth of small businesses is a key factor in the state’s tremendous economic performance despite the pandemic, as West Virginians from Mount Hope to Martinsburg and Wheeling to Bluefield found ways to take their talents and form successful businesses. “In 2020, West Virginia saw a substantial increase over previous years in new business startups. The pandemic created job losses that forced entrepreneurs into starting their own small businesses as a means of survival,” he said.
We are proud to see that effort firsthand in the North Central West Virginia region in a number of new business startups in a variety of fields. Warner’s office handles new business registration and the mandatory paperwork businesses must file to remain licensed to operate in the state.
They are the first to donate time or money to community projects, to sponsor a youth league team or high school program. They are members of the local chamber of commerce, other civic groups and the churches that provide spiritual, emotional and other support to those in their cities and towns. They’re also oftentimes the first to lend a hand to individuals and groups in their communities.
Whether a sole practitioner in medicine or law or an owner of a small niche retail shop, small business owners have had to be able to adjust to the times. It shouldn’t surprise us that small businesses were there to help and were able to adapt to the challenges. They’ve been doing it down through the years because they have little choice.
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