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Small businesses worry about shutdown effect

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Millington Naval Support Activity Mid-South's furloughed employees aren't the only residents in Millington feeling the brunt of the federal government shutdown.

Several small businesses around the base are worried about what it means for them. They're worried about losing business and they're wondering how long this shutdown will last.

The annual economic impact from the base to Shelby County is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

MORE: Shutdown furloughs 1,600 NSA Millington civilians

Pop's Bar and Grill, known for their award-winning burgers, is just down the road from the Navy base.

"It's 60-70 percent of my business, even the furloughed employees that they call, they're here early morning, they're here for lunch we have a lot from the base that come out," said Jeanne Beckman, owner.

She's worried about what the federal government shutdown will mean for her small business.

"This is devastating, this is devastating," Beckman said.

The Navy considers the 1,600 furloughed civilian employees who work at the Millington base non-essential employees. They won't be going to work and they won't be paid until Congress agrees on a plan to fund the government.

"It means I'm going to have to struggle a little bit harder," Beckman admitted. "You know, get out there and get some more business. I mean that's all I have."

Economists predict the shutdown will have significant economic impact, especially for businesses that work for the government  and small businesses catering to government employees. A big factor on the effect on the economy is the length of the shutdown.

Beckman is concerned about the loss of business if the furloughs stretch on.

"They're getting their money in Washington, we're not," she said. "We have to work for it and the more that this happens and they keep shutting down the government like they have, the worse it is for me or any small business."

Active duty Naval personnel are still working at the base. A Naval Public Affairs spokesperson said bout 200 civilians are still working at the Millington base, ranging from security, firefighters, and other key essential personnel to keep the base operational.

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