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COVID-19 Sees Spike In Business Registrations

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Shawanna Meeks' handbag company began just as the pandemic started.

Starting a business during a global pandemic might seem like a bad idea, but to some, it's the perfect opportunity.

"COVIDpreneur" is a new trend occurring in the midst of the pandemic. Businesses ranging from handbags to bed and breakfasts to construction companies have opened up in recent months. "As a startup, you don't know what the next day is gonna hold," Shawanna Meeks, founder of Meeks Me Smile Studios, said.

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