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Small businesses lose thousands in revenue due to winter weather

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In trendy Cameron Village, where stores depend heavily on foot traffic, sheets of ice blanketing sidewalks kept shoppers at bay. In trendy Cameron Village, where stores depend heavily on foot traffic, sheets of ice blanketing sidewalks kept shoppers at bay.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Winter weather isn't just keeping students out of school, itis also costing small businesses thousands of dollars.

For shoppers and small, quaint businesses, Spring can't comefast enough.

A survey of 659 small business owners by Raleigh-basedPublic Policy Polling found that 47 percent have seen examples of extremeweather financially impacting their business. And 90 percent said they sawsignificant financial impact in the aftermath of severe weather.

Nearly four in 10 reported damages between $5,000 and$25,000.

In trendy Cameron Village, where stores depend heavily onfoot traffic, sheets of ice blanketing sidewalks kept shoppers at bay.

"It's not good for business," said Little ArtGallery owner Rosanne Minick. "We closed early yesterday -- we left at 3-- and most of the shops also closed up."

PPP said 44 percent of small business owners it surveyedsaid they had to close for a week, and some owners say they had to close for aslong as 14 to 30 days.

"We have closed twice, so our numbers have been alittle inconsistent compared to last year's sales," said the ImpeccablePig manager Leah Dodson.

Dodson said the Impeccable Pig stayed open during Monday'sice storm, but they had few customers.

According to the survey, 21 percent of small businesses saidthey have had to lay off employees.

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