Necessity was the mother of innovation for five Lancaster County small businesses that found ways to survive and even thrive during the economic upheavals brought by the pandemic.

From a florist who began serenading customers, a cookie maker who responded to lockdown-inspired pickup orders by going big into online sales, and a school garden program that managed to keep growing when schools closed, the SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon 2022 Small Business award winners exercised creativity.

“They all had to figure out a way to pivot to survive,” said Catherine Bonser, who chairs the local SCORE chapter. “They were just successful in their ability to pivot, and in their ingenuity to be able to think about things differently and adapt to the environment.”

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