CT small businesses struggle to stay competitive

The owners of a small business in Westport say that internet shopping has forced it out of business after 21 years.



Alice Marks and her husband, the owners of Learning Express, say they have lost money over the last three years paying the high rent and trying to match Amazon's prices.



Richard Tavella, of Rick's Main Roofing, says The Home Depot was making it hard for his business to survive but he was lucky to find a solution by offering financing.



The owners of Learning Express in Westport say they also have to lay off six employees.


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