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Remembering September 11th

September 11, 2013

Today, we recognize those who lost their lives during the tragedy of September 11th, 2001. Our country has never been the same since this event, and this includes small businesses.

September 11th, 2001 is a day in history that will not be forgotten. This tragic day affected the lives of millions, and is still continuing to do so. Small businesses faced a disaster after 9/11.  Almost 18,000 small businesses were either shut down or destroyed from that day, leading to over one million job losses. Many stores and companies closed permanently, while others reopened only to struggle with rebuilding their clientele. Now, more than a decade later, the aftermath of 9/11 is still affecting small businesses.

Over the last decade, trillions of dollars have been used from our economy to avoid another terrorist attack like 9/11.  People now think twice about getting on an airplane.  Intensive security checks have been put into effect, such as strip-downs, and more severe questioning.  The surcharge that air travelers pay along with their ticket has changed the economy for the customers’ experience, as well as the transportation industry. This industry has seen the biggest changes since 9/11.

After 9/11, people started putting values into actions. Spending more time with family, enjoying day-to-day activities and being appreciative of the little things all became important for this country. People started looking for stability and a sense of purpose at work after an attack like 9/11. A smart employer will provide these things and make sure employees feel secured.

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