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The idea of purpose is central to every small business owner’s dream — to forge their own path and build something from the ground up. Many of the Thumbtack pros we interviewed shared how they extended this sense of purpose to include giving back and helping those in the community who needed the most support.

To close out this year’s Small Business Week, here are three inspiring stories of small business owners who found meaning and spread positivity during this unprecedented year.

Bringing families together for a cause
When photographer An LeFevre lost all of her bookings due to COVID, she volunteered her time and talent photographing families during quarantine to support the nationwide nonprofit, The Front Steps Project. Being her own boss meant she had the freedom to decide how she would spend her time — and she chose to give back. …

Dusti Ondryas