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Local business owners join forces to defend right to stay open


Last updated 9/16/2020 at 11:12am

A new coalition of local businesses is forming to discuss lessons learned from this year’s government-imposed shutdown and to develop proactive plans to face any future shutdowns. Organizers cite references to a possible second wave of shutdowns as reason to be proactive and develop power in numbers.

“This would be devastating for many business owners, and for the community at large,” said Rachael Waters, who helps her husband, Dr. Jarod Waters, run Fountain Chiropractic and Wellness Center.

The Small Business Defense Coalition held its first meeting last week and plans to meet again Sunday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

“We are a group of local, small business owners and supporters,” Waters said. “We believe in the right to work, the right to serve our community, and the right to support our families. We are ready to defend these rights. Join us as we pool resources and ideas and work together to secure our future rights to remain open.”

The new group will continue organization and mobilization to secure and protect rights to remain open, she added.

To sign up for coalition updates and see upcoming meeting locations, visit


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