The economic consequences of the government shutdown are being felt by small businesses across the country.
It's not just folks in Washington, D.C. that are taking a hit—the closing of parks, national attractions and amenities, plus the ripple of effect of 800,000 national employees staying home from work this week, is hitting a lot of small businesses pretty hard.
We've invited some of these small business owners on to talk about the economic impact they're feeling this week.
With us to discuss this is Paul Haire, owner of Your Dog's Best Friends in Alexandria, Virginia.
Phil Francis, who was until recently the Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
And Ohwnn, owner of Tours in the Glades in Florida City.