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Small business owners of colour in Minneapolis, Minnesota were hit hard by violence and looting, but many are using the crisis to rebuild in a way that strengthens their communities.

Minneapolis, Minnesota – When civil unrest shook Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States earlier this year, many residents were horrified – but not all felt the effects directly.

But it is not just their own livelihoods they are trying to rebuild, but the longer-term financial resilience of the communities they call home.

Still, Montana estimates the unrest cost him roughly $200,000 in damage and between $200,000 and $300,000 in lost sales.

As people swept through the neighbourhood, damaging businesses, “We got nervous and sped up getting the ethanol out of our facility in Minneapolis,” Montana said.

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