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Nicole McGrew, wearing a mask by the designer N'omose Couture, says she'll require customers to mask up in her store for a short time longer. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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As Mask Mandates Disappear, Business Owners Make And Enforce Their Own Rules

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A store displays a sign before closing down permanently following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, on Aug. 4, 2020 in Arlington, Va. The Small Business Administration's inspector general office said billions of dollars in relief loans may have been handed out to fraudsters or ineligible applicants. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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During a StoryCorps interview last week, Joe Bianco, left, and his son Peter, reflected on their craft — one that's been honed in their Brooklyn tool shop for three generations. Courtesy of Peter Bianco hide caption

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Keeping The 'Odd' Family Tool Business Sharp Through 3 Generations

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Banker Edward Barry and his team managed to broker nearly 600 small-business loans while working from home. Courtesy of Edward Barry hide caption

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This Banker Made 1 Year Of Loans In 10 Days. He's Ready For Another Mad Dash Today

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Jovita Carranza, head of the Small Business Administration, speaks as U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listens during a news conference on April 2. The SBA has notified nearly 8,000 businesses that their information may have been exposed. Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Some businesses that want to stay open say it's hard to do so when employees can make more money by staying home. Nongnuch Leelaphasuk/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Bitter Taste For Coffee Shop Owner, As New $600 Jobless Benefit Drove Her To Close

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The Secure Act aims to make it easier for small employers to offer retirement benefits. But some analysts say the new law doesn't go far enough because it's optional and doesn't apply to gig workers. Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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New Law Aims To Help Americans Without Retirement Plans. Will It Work?

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The U.S. government has partially shut down; more than 800,000 federal workers are affected. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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How The Partial Government Shutdown Could Affect You

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Entrepreneur Stinson Dean (left) and his wife Stephanie play with their three children in their yard in Independence, Mo. He says the Affordable Care Act made it possible for him to start his own business. Alex Smith/KCUR hide caption

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Uncertainty Over Health Care Law's Future Hobbles Entrepreneurs

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Indea Leo of Lillabee baking hopes that Amazon buying Whole Foods will be good for her business. "We think there is going to be a lot of exciting possibilities of bypassing the shelf altogether and reaching a wider customer base." Linda Winski/Courtesy of Indea Leo hide caption

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Taqueria del Sol on Atlanta's west side serves a blend of Mexican and Deep South flavors, like barbecue tacos. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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In Atlanta, Small Businesses Have Mixed Expectations Of President Trump

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The Falcon is one of 120 pubs that Wandsworth has designated for protection. The pub, which has stained glass windows, dates to the 1800s. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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London Borough Raises Pints — And Legal Protections — To U.K.'s Fading Pubs

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Jacques Guillaume, 73, has been repairing electric razors in Paris since 1962. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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The Last Razor Repairman In Paris

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President Obama speaks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Concerns about a possible "Brexit" were floating in the air as British investors met with state economic teams at the two-day summit. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Want To Escape The Cubicle? Here's How To Be Your Own Boss

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