Dawn Kelly runs a health food restaurant in Queens, NY. She’s a single mom and an entrepreneur who recently launched her business — so new that she hasn’t been able to take a salary yet.
COVID-19 is hurting her sales, and things took a turn for the worse with the recent shutdown. Kelly is preparing to reach into her personal savings, and even her retirement account. She has yet to fire any employees, but she told ABC news that to make ends meet “everything is on the table.”
It’s unclear how long the shutdown will last, what’s clear is that it’s going to disproportionately hurt small businesses.
A 4 week shutdown can cost a restaurant $40,000 and put them in the red until July. 8 weeks would cost $80,000 and would hurt until October.
They’d love your help.
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That means local businesses get the cash they need, and you have something to look forward to post-pandemic.
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