As businesses in mid-Missouri begin to re-open, we’re all moving cautiously and optimistically toward a way forward into the new normal. Some of the first places many of us want to return to are our vibrant small-businesses -- the independent stores, restaurants and bookshops -- that breathe life into our college town here in Columbia and also in towns like Fulton, Moberly and Mexico. But as we all know, this covid crisis has wreaked havoc on small businesses and our public health is still at risk along with our economic health.
In this episode, we check in with three people working on the frontlines of small-business improvement and development in Columbia for a health check on the challenges and resources out there for small business owners.
Jim Whitt, the City of Columbia’s Director Supplier Diversity Program.
Carrie Gartner, executive director of the Business Loop CID.
Randy Cole, the City of Columbia housing programs manager
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