Alabama small businesses

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Small businesses in Alabama are looking to get an economic boost from holiday cheer. COVID-19 is changing the holiday shopping experience at a time when mom-and-pop shops are on a thin lifeline from the pandemic.

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The acceleration of coronavirus cases is causing an existential crisis for America’s retailers and spooking their customers just as the critically important holiday shopping season nears. It’s also raising the risk that the economy could slide into a “double-dip” recession this winter as states and cities re-impose restrictions on businesses and consumers stay at home to avoid contracting the disease.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and non-profit organizations that Sept. 9 is the last day to file for federal disaster loans as a result of economic injuries from the drought that began in November.

   The SBA says the loans are available in Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Shelby, Talladega and Tallapoosa counties.