New businesses boom amid COVID-19 pandemic

SALISBURY, Md. – 2020 was a year to remember, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe. But for some entrepreneurs, it was a chance to follow their dreams. In fact, 21 of Maryland’s 23 counties saw an increase in new business applications in 2020. Just in Wicomico County, there were 211 more new business applications in 2020 than in 2019. “In the midst of a horrible pandemic of historical proportions, an economy that was on the verge of collapse – we saw opportunities there,” says President and CEO of the Salisbury Area of Chamber of Commerce Bill Chambers.

Some local new business owners say that just like everyone else, they were juggling life’s responsibilities while navigating COVID-19. Owner of Lashes By Redd Renita Tyler says she was juggling being a mom, and dealing with the recent death of a loved one – all while incubating an idea for a business. “Some days I wanted to do it. Some days I didn’t, and eventually I just…

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