Dayton has earned a reputation for supporting entrepreneurs. And small businesses have played a key role in the city’s recovery from the last decade’s Great Recession. Now, many small businesses are struggling mightily to survive the economic shock of the pandemic. A year after the coronavirus first shuttered businesses, WYSO is bringing you the stories of small-business owners. We’ll hear what they’ve learned, how they’re coping and staying safe, and
what makes them hopeful in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. What emerges is a picture many Daytonians would likely recognize: resilience amid financial pain, hardship and uncertainty.
For seven weeks starting March 24 2021, you will hear Dayton small-business owners in conversation with each other, sharing their experiences, hopes and fears about running a small business during the coronavirus pandemic.
The series was produced by Jess Mador from The Eichelberger Center for Community Voices
in collaboration from Audrey Ingram and Launch Dayton
, a network supporting entrepreneurs across the Dayton region. Center director Neenah Ellis was the editor.