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Minority-owned businesses struggle to get help during Covid-19, but local resources are helping to fill the gap

Waverly Willis recently took out a tape measure at his home. The black entrepreneur, who owns two Urban Kutz barbershop locations in Cudell and Old Brooklyn, wasn’t trying to measure his mangy hair or beard which he let grow during the Covid-19 shutdown; rather, he was trying to size up the stack of unpaid bills on his desk.

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“Theater is essential”: Cleveland venues wrestle with Covid-19 shutdown

By Christopher Johnston

Most Cleveland theaters are not expecting to produce another show until 2021 at the earliest, and the shutdown and loss of ticket sales have led to layoffs and budget cuts. Despite these challenges, they plan to reopen. Right now, they’re taking time to complete renovations and upgrades and plan for reopening safely while trying out new approaches with virtual programming.

“We’re not going back”: Success of curbside pickup at West Side Market spurs talk of other changes

By Lee Chilcote

Change doesn’t happen quickly at Cleveland’s West Side Market, where vendors and city officials have been wrangling for years about whether the city-run institution should be overseen by a dedicated nonprofit. Yet during the Covid-19 crisis, the city and vendors came together quickly to roll out curbside pickup, and now it may offer a model for moving forward as the market seeks to adjust to this new reality.

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