FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – Small businesses in the Fargo-Moorhead area have faced a lot of adversity over the past few years. From the COVID-19 pandemic to inflation, they have had to bounce back every time.
“So we had extra costs, and we had to raise prices a few dollars here and there so we could help with that,” said Karlene Tura Clark, co-owner of Hire an Adventurer.
For suppliers like Juliette Fichtner, owner of “Buy Juliette ND”, they have to be creative in order to navigate the changing market landscape. During the pandemic, Fichtner had to ditch her regular products.
“Well, I can switch modes. I’ve sold over 2,000 masks during the pandemic,” Fichtner said.
Rising costs due to inflation have put pressure on many suppliers.
“I sell cork products, and the price has gone up a lot because it’s all imported,” Fichtner said.
Tulla Clark pointed out that one of the biggest problems caused by inflation stems from credit card sales.
“More credit card sales. So we have more people who used to pay in cash and now they have to use a credit card because the payments are delayed, and that creates credit card fees and everything else that comes with it,” Tula Clark said.
Despite the challenges, these suppliers are grateful for the local support they have received during these difficult times.
“It’s been great. Our local community really loves the art and the event, and they really support us,” Fichtner said.
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