Coronavirus shuts small businesses, says Yelp and Womply

And any count of failed businesses will likely miss those operated solely by owners. Consultants, independent contractors, and “solopreneurs” — who run shops by themselves — are often not included as small businesses since they don’t have employees, said Maura Shenker, director of Temple’s Small Business Development Center. Plus, there is an informal economy of businesses that operate without a license, such as those that run out of their owners’ homes, she said.

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