Small businesses contribute to the local economy and culture in myriad ways. But government-mandated shutdowns and violent protests have pushed many small businesses to the brink.

Downtown Madison, WI, has been particularly hard hit. In this Badger Institute video, the owners of a tea shop, confectionery and renowned tavern share their stories.

The Badger Institute, formerly the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institute established in 1987 working to engage and energize Wisconsinites and others in discussions and timely action on key public policy issues critical to the state’s future, growth and prosperity.