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Odenton, MD: For Local Small Businesses, A Lost Four Years

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SMALL BUSINESS LOST FOUR YEARS
Julie Upchurch in the back room of the Little House of Flowers in Gambrills, Maryland. | Tim Lemke/Patch

There have been days when Julie Upchurch has stood in the middle of her Gambrills flower shop and asked, “Why am I doing this?”

Five years ago, she never would have dreamed of posing such a question. She left her stable job as a corporate recruiter for a major transportation company and bought the Little House of Flowers, determined to make it as a small-business owner.

Business started fine, as she delighted in putting together fresh bouquets of locally-grown flowers and delivering them to moms, grandparents and lucky spouses.

Then the Great Recession hit, and business withered like an unwatered daisy. It has yet to rebound.

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