MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — The pandemic has thrown every challenge imaginable at small business owners in New York, a city already known for its cutthroat climate, but a new photo and interview series aims to show how the people behind some of Midtown’s beloved businesses have remained resilient during the crisis.

The “Faces of East Midtown” series was created by the East Midtown Partnership with the goal of celebrating the neighborhood’s humanity and “providing a real, raw and honest look at the faces behind the locally-owned businesses that have gone through unimaginable changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The EMP allowed Patch to republish portions of those interviews, which were conducted over email by EMP staff. Subjects range from a tavern keeper to a salon owner to a chef, sharing how they’ve survived a difficult few months.

Noel Donovan: owner, Bloom’s Tavern

(Ron Jautz, Jautz Photography / Courtesy East Midtown Partnership)
(Ron Jautz, Jautz Photography / Courtesy East Midtown Partnership)
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President Donald Trump’s much heralded economic rebound is showing signs of fizzling out.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump.


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President Donald Trump.

The U.S. added 661,000 jobs in September, a performance that ordinarily would be seen as stellar. But it was well below expectations for close to 1 million and represents a further slowdown in monthly job growth from the initial 4.8 million gained back in June and leaves the economy over 10 million short of restoring the 22 million jobs lost to the Covid-19 pandemic. The jobless rate dropped half a percentage point to 7.9%.

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The Labor Department’s final jobs report before the election — strong on the surface but far less impressive in context — highlights challenges facing both Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the final month of the campaign. And that was before news that the president tested positive for the coronavirus, a development that

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In North Dakota, roughly 30% of business owners are women. (Adobe Stock)

September 22, 2020

BISMARCK, N.D. — Before the pandemic, North Dakota received high marks for its environment for women business owners. As these entrepreneurs are celebrated today on American Women Business Day, advocates also worry about the effect the crisis is having on women and their careers.

According to some rankings, including one from Fit Small Business, North Dakota lands near the top-10 for best states for women entrepreneurs. Kirsten Berger, marketing and communications coordinator at the North Dakota Women’s Business Center, said the internet certainly has made it easier for startups and remote working.

And she said in North Dakota, outreach and support is strong.

“The chambers, the downtowners, everybody wants each other to succeed,” Berger said. “I mean, North Dakota has such a great feel. It’s a real shop-local kind of place.”

But as the pandemic

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