Their stores were burned, ransacked and looted. What’s next for Minneapolis-area small business owners?

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MINNEAPOLIS – Brandy Moore likened the charred remains of her south Minneapolis clothing store and recording studio to the pangs for equality that minorities here feel. 

Smoke continued to waft in the air 24 hours after people protesting the death of George Floyd burned Moore’s storefront and several others along Lake Street.

“My business burned down two days ago. You see the flames? It’s still going,” Moore, 41, said Sunday. “That flame down in people’s soul? It’s still going. They want justice.”

She is among dozens of Minneapolis and St. Paul business owners, small and large, trying to rebuild after fiery riots and demonstrations in the Twin Cities on Thursday and Friday. Her company, Levels, which she owns with business partner Daniel Johnson, also has a St. Paul location that remains undamaged. The venture is Moore’s “baby.” 

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Lakers received $4.6M coronavirus small business loan, will return funds

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The Los Angeles Lakers said Monday they have returned a $4.6 million loan received under the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program, an initiative meant to help cash-strapped small businesses weather the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lakers are the latest of several larger businesses opting to return the funds after the Small Business Administration hit its initial $349 billion lending limit in less than two weeks. Many small businesses in need of financial relief did not receive their loans before the money ran out.

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“The Lakers qualified for and received a loan under the Payroll Protection Program,” the Lakers said in a statement to ESPN. “Once we found out the funds from the program had been depleted, we repaid

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Los Angeles Lakers return $4.6 million they received from small business loan program

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The Los Angeles Lakers has returned millions of dollars it received from a program intended for small businesses during the coronavirus crisis, ESPN reports.

The team on Monday confirmed to ESPN that it repaid $4.6 million it received from the Paycheck Protection Program, which Congress set up during the coronavirus crisis with $349 billion for loans to be given to small businesses. But the program quickly ran out of money, and numerous larger companies came under fire for applying for and receiving loans under the program. Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Shake Shack were among these companies, and they later announced they’d return the money.

The Lakers has done so as well, telling ESPN in a statement, “The Lakers qualified for and received a loan under the Payroll Protection Program. Once we found out the funds from the program had been depleted, we repaid the loan so that financial

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