Small Business Stories: Navigating The Recession The great recession has created both obstacles and opportunities for small businesses. Nationwide, entrepreneurs have tapped stimulus funds, banks and personal savings to keep their businesses thriving. From offering free lattes to a women's only boxing fitness class, small companies have reinvented themselves with new incentives for employees and customers.

Customers Linda Price and Sam Wheatley stop for coffee and a bite to eat at the Cucina Deli in Salt Lake City. Jenny Brundin for NPR hide caption

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Deli Uses Dow's Surge To Draw Business

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Sharp Edge Of Downturn Hurts Metal Business

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Two Restaurants Combine In Tough Economy

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Tortilla Machine Maker Is Starving For Credit

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Kevin DeLange, the owner of Dry Dock Brewery, a craft beer maker in Aurora, Colo., says business has soared since he bought a sixth fermenter to brew beer. Kirk Siegler hide caption

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Expansion May Be On Tap For Craft Beer Maker

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Children's Furniture Store Struggles To Survive

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Small Business Stays 'Attached' To Laid-Off Workers

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