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COVID-19 forced surviving Dallas small businesses to get smaller, for now

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In August, after months of operating a company at 80% below normal revenues, Hyacinth Belcher decided her small event production business would burn some more cash.

She led her company, Onstage Systems, in organizing and producing a live, drive-in concert series called the Capricorn Drive-In every weekend for two months featuring local music artists at Dallas’ Fair Park.

The drive-ins were a different kind of investment — it was a way Onstage Systems could offer even furloughed staff a chance to work “and to have purpose during a horrible experience for our live-events industry,” Belcher said.

The company’s initiative also had a multiplier effect, generating work for musicians, janitors, security guards, parking attendants and…

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