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Small business may see bigger role in Uptown (access required)

By Bea Quirk CHARLOTTE — The recession has changed people’s thinking about many things, and among them is Uptown Charlotte: It’s not just for big business anymore. Actually, it never really was. Based on demographics and other information from the City of Charlotte, Charlotte Center City Partners estimates that small businesses with 100 or fewer employees account for about 93 percent of Uptown’s businesses. They also employ about one-third of its 70,000 workers.  Nationally, small businesses make up about 86 percent of all businesses. Because of last year’s meltdown in the financial services sector, those statistics have caught the eye of Uptown leaders, who are beginning to see small businesses in a new light as they plan for the future.

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