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January 06, 2014 | Tom Ballard

Stan Mitchell’s fairwell message true for many small businesses

Many in the Oak Ridge community know Stan Mitchell. The personable and energetic young man was Publisher of The Oak Ridge Observer for more than nine years. He and his investors announced last week that the newspaper was closing. We thought a part of his message was applicable to so many small businesses.

Mitchell wrote: “Finally, we hope the community will take note and learn from our closing, which we’re hearing has stunned many who thought we were financially sound. Let our fate be a lesson on how vulnerable small businesses truly are. Small business owners face nearly impossible odds, and we urge our readers and elected officials to do all that you can to support and encourage them.”

I’m sure many of our region’s entrepreneurs would agree with Mitchell’s advice.

You can read his entire message by clicking here.

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