It's almost March, and that means we're coming up on one full year since the pandemic began in earnest. While case numbers are trending down, people are still being advised to stay at home to stay safe.
That has forced many small businesses to adapt their operations, to meet customers where they are: in their homes. But it has also meant moving to online ordering or social media, and that is sometimes not enough. According to a September Yelp report, hundreds of thousands of small businesses across the country closed during the pandemic. And three of every 10 small businesses say they likely won't survive 2021 without additional government assistance--that's from a new Federal Reserve Bank survey.
The pandemic has also been tough on women. The US Chamber of Commerce reports almost 3 million of whom have left the workforce since last year.
We start today's Sound of Ideas by checking in with three women entrepreneurs about how their businesses are navigating the pandemic.
Later this hour, we'll talk to the president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Tom Mihaljevic, on the hospital system's 100th birthday. Then, we'll feature this month's Applause Performances, featuring the music of singer Kyle Kidd and guitarist Marcus Alan Ward.
Mari Foisy, Co-Founder, Riveredge Soap Kitchen
Anna Harouvis, Owner and Chef, Anna in the Raw and Good to Go Cafe & Catering
Debra Drobnick, Social Media Manager, Irie Jamaican Kitchen
Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD, CEO and President, Cleveland Clinic
Kyle Kidd, Singer
Marcus Alan Ward, Guitarist