Retailers look to staff up ahead of holiday rush with workers in short supply


My Secret Stash in Traverse City, Mich., is thinly-staffed ahead of the holiday rush. Owner Karen Hilt is gearing up for a strong shopping season.

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Karen Hilt owns My Secret Stash in Traverse City, Michigan, retailing products from local artists and sellers— and business has been booming. Hilt’s feeling optimistic about the upcoming holiday season, so much so that she’s gearing up to open a second location.

But like many small business owners, she’s staring down an ongoing labor crunch, and staffing the new store remains a challenge.

A recent poll from the National Federation of Independent Business found nearly half of owners it surveyed were experiencing either…


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