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Businesses in North Central West Virginia seek recovery after Payroll Protection fund forgiveness opens, industries improve | News

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WV News) — For many small businesses, loans from the Payroll Protection Program were a lifeline during the worst of the pandemic.

However, the funds are long gone, leaving some businesses without a crutch as the pandemic winds down.

“I know a lot of our businesses took advantage of them that could,” said Kathy Wagner, president of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m certain it helped them make up the difference between some lost revenues and be able to keep employees hired and working. So it was definitely something beneficial to our business community,” Wagner said.

Ray Smith, president of the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, agrees that businesses and companies were greatly helped by the funds.

“The ones that did get them, it was greatly appreciated because it did help a…

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