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County Supporting Small Businesses, Economic Growth

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SALISBURY, Md. - Nate Johnson's coffee shop Main Roots opened four months ago, and business is reaching higher grounds.

"It's been good, actually," Johnson said.  "Really good for the summer so far."

A positive sign of business growth, a goal for the county after it was hit hard by the recession.

"We're trying to improve the climate for economic activity so that businesses will be more likely to come to Wicomico County," said Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt. "And we want those that are here to stay here, and do well."

To do it, the county separated business and personal tax rate increases, helping to lower business taxes for owners this year. They're also phasing out other business related taxes, like the inventory tax, to ease financial pressure.

Some small restaurant owners have seen the progress in the county's efforts.

"I think it's definitely grown, the area is growing a lot," said Imad Abu, owner of Cactus Taverna.

But he doesn't want the excitement of new, large eateries to overshadow the restaurant culture of Salisbury.

"We need the support of the city and the county to be behind us," Abu said.  "Because any community you go to, the identity is the locals."

County Executive Pollitt agrees.

"We want our citizens that are born and raised and educated here, to start their own businesses or become part of a small business that allows them to stay here," Pollitt said.

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