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Opinion: Michigan small businesses have always been in crisis. COVID-19 just made it worse.

Detroit Means Business Small Business Owner Advocate Danielle North believes the COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated the crisis status of Michigan small businesses.

According to North, businesses need something she has coined "tangible support," and the pandemic has helped show how to offer it. Now, it is up to local, state and the federal government, along with other organizations to define and implement this tangible support.

"The COVID-19 pandemic was a crisis, and Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, along with our state and federal governments, did an amazing job. The culture of support for small business owners shifted dramatically. It’s like the entire world realized that not only might major corporations need help, but small businesses might shut down, without any way to bounce back."

For more, visit the Detroit Free Press.

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