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April 10, 2020 - 2:29 PM

The south side of Iola's downtown square. Photo by Richard Luken

Every small business in America right now is feeling the financial pain of the COVID-19 pandemic. None of us are immune.

Some can weather the impact for a short time — perhaps a few weeks — but the recovery process will take months. And the help being promised in the federal aid package will do little to cushion the blow.

A $1,200 per individual check, or a “loans-to-grants” program to cover wages for 10 weeks will provide some relief, but it falls far short of making sure a small business can still survive when their revenue stream has been slashed by 70%, 80% or maybe even 90%.

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