North Port small businesses work to rebound after Hurricane Ian impacts

Helping small business after Hurricane Ian

Kimberly Kuizon reports

NORTH PORT, Fla. – The City of North Port has about 2,000 small businesses and many of them are still on the rebound after Hurricane Ian. 

Whether it be from structural damage or employees coping with personal losses, the city is trying to help keep the businesses going. 

The storm damaged Abbe’s Donuts Port Charlotte Shop, and it’s now closed temporarily. One of its employees, Rebecca Shamp understands the loss. 

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“I myself lost everything. I’m down to a couple of outfits and two dogs,” she said.

Their North Port shop continues on with each dollar that passes through helping the business, employees and the community. 

“Come spend local. It’s very important to spend locally, because the money stays here,” said Shamp.

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