Businesses in rural America have struggled to stay afloat under the strain of a changing economy and the economic downturn that followed the Great Recession.
The commerce clause was created in 1978 to ensure that small businesses would not be forced to shut down.
“It is the foundation of a small business, it’s the foundation on which the economy is built,” said John Kestner, a retired businessman who founded a chain of clothing stores.
The commerce clause has been around for decades, but its origins date back to the 1920s, when a group of small business owners in Vermont sought to ensure their businesses wouldn’t go out of business by forcing them to pay the state more money for goods and services.
According to the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, the Commerce Secretary is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the commerce clause.
“The commerce section is really a mechanism that allows us to get some relief from the federal government in a time of a downturn,” Kestson said.
Kestner’s company, the Merchants of Burlington, is the largest clothing retailer in the world, selling $50 million worth of goods a day.
He said that while the commerce clauses were intended to give small businesses relief, the effect has been disastrous.
Last year, the Burlington Free Press reported that the company had to pay $20 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that it violated the commerce section.
At least three other business owners and two of their employees have lost their businesses under the commerce provisions in recent years.
In 2016, a local woman sued Burlington for allegedly breaching the commerce and health clauses, and her lawsuit was settled.
The Burlington Free Times reported that one of the victims in that case, the family of a woman who died in the workplace in 2015, lost her clothing store and two businesses.
Several other businesses have also been forced to lay off employees, with one of them the Burlington City Paper reporting that the city had to cut 6 percent of its workforce.
A new report released by the Center for American Progress finds that many small businesses that have been impacted by the economic and health crises have been forced out of the workforce, and many have lost the ability to reopen or expand.
For example, the Center’s study found that 1 in 5 businesses that closed in 2015 were in fact profitable in 2017, and in nearly all cases, that figure dropped by more than half in just two years.
The Center also found that in some instances, businesses that are struggling with economic downturns have not seen a large increase in profits in the same period of time.
To make matters worse, many small business leaders are concerned about the future of their businesses.
“When you lose your business, that’s a very big loss,” said Kestman.
“That’s going to take a long time to come back.”
In fact, Kestler said, he is not certain whether the Commerce clause has done anything to help small businesses.
He said that when he was a teenager in the late 1970s, he ran a clothing store in Burlington and said it was one of his few ventures into the marketplace.
When he was in college, he started his own clothing company in Burlington, but his business never took off and he eventually sold it.
Today, he said, the clothing industry has shrunk by almost 30 percent, and he has lost almost half of his business.
Many of the businesses that were once thriving are struggling to keep going.
Kestners family started his clothing store two years ago, and the family has had to shut it down every month.
It is not unusual for businesses to close because they are unable to meet the demand, and they may have to sell more merchandise in order to meet their expenses, Kastner said.
When asked how he came to start his business, Kartner said that his parents, who were both textile workers, wanted him to help his older brother, who was working in a textile factory.
After he finished high school, Kartsons mother took him to the local hardware store, which was closed.
Once he had a job, he began selling items that were needed at his store, including clothes and furniture.
Kestners father, who is also a textile worker, eventually went to work at the Burlington Public Library, and Kest’s father began his own textile business, and their business grew into the Burlington Clothing Co. Even after he retired from the lumber industry, Kestsons father kept in touch with his son.
Kestsons son, who started working in the Burlington area about two years after he graduated high school and is now working as a retail manager, said that he does not think that the Commerce clauses has helped small businesses in the past.
“I think it has made them more vulnerable,” Kestson said.
“It’s like, ‘Oh, we don’t have a problem.
We don’t need