Businesses Well Lived
The COVID-19 pandemic had far-reaching effects for nearly every business and industry. Particularly hard-hit were small businesses, and those in Cambridge were no exception.
Small businesses across Massachusetts closed their doors permanently and reported plummeted revenues. Researchers at Opportunity Insights noted that 37% of Massachusetts’ small businesses closed since the start of 2020, and that total small business revenue fell by 44% over the course of that year.
As part of our ongoing work to capture Cambridge history, we partnered with Cambridge Local First to reach out to local small business owners and find out how the pandemic has affected their livelihood.
E.R. Sage Co. at 45 Brattle Street, ca. 1953. Courtesy Cambridge Historical Commission. The original Out of Town News building in 1955. Image via Cambridge Historical Commission. Original in MIT Museum collection.
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