The Hits Just Keep On Coming For Small Businesses

Dr. Munr Kazmir
4 min readNov 19, 2021

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For all the worldwide terrors of COVID-19, it has hardly been an equal opportunity destroyer.

Like most other major catastrophes, natural disasters, wars, and economic recessions, a global pandemic was bound to fall harder on some demographic groups than others. The medically vulnerable, the economically disadvantaged, and other already marginalized communities are always hardest hit by negative market indicators. They are also usually the last to feel economic trends moving in the opposite, positive direction.

Wealth may trickle down, or sometimes not; hardship nearly always starts at the bottom at works it way up.

The world’s working class has already borne the brunt of the widening wealth gap over the last two decades. Some of the benefits of globalism, it would seem, have been offset by a great loss to the American manufacturing industry and a 10,000 mile supply chain dependent on petroleum.

When COVID-19 first hit, the working-class “essential workers” of the world watched with amusement as their white-collar counterparts en masse first took to their homes and apartments out of an abundance of caution then seemed reluctant to leave.

For working-class small business owners, collectively responsible for employing millions of Americans, there has been little amusement over the past 18-months, whether they were deemed “essential” or not.

Stay-at-home orders, quarantines, mitigation measures, and a whole host of new sanitation and disinfection responsibilities became, overnight, every entrepreneurs worst nightmare. Questions about COVID-19 and legal liability have kept business owners up at night.

Can an employee, or indeed a customer, sue a business if they catch COVID-19 from, let’s say, the corner deli or local convenience store?

No one, from the NCAA to the U.S. government seemed eager to find out the hard way.

Larger corporations, big box stores and online retailers were better positioned to weather the storm, even one of legal liability if needed. Indeed, some…