Small businesses persist despite record high inflation

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – As we head into 2023, small businesses continue to open their doors after the COVID-19 pandemic and record high inflation.

Frankie’s Pizza is the newest small business to open its doors in Longmeadow. Owner Frankie Ferrentino was joined by local and state representatives, who are celebrating a resurgence of small businesses in western Massachusetts.

“I anticipated it taking a little longer, but it was really, I think they were chomping at the bit to get going,” said Representative Brian Ashe. “I think a lot of small businesses during the pandemic were preparing and doing all the work behind the scenes. So, when post-pandemic came, they were ready to hit the ground running.” reports that 66% of small business owners feared high inflation rates could shut down their businesses in 2022. Ferrentino told Western Mass News that if inflation rates continue to…

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