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Bitcoin is a digital currency that is mined by companies like Blockcap that use blockchain technology to create and record currency.

Elon Musk and girlfriend Grimes may have brought a high-profile love for cryptocurrency to Austin, but the city is now also host to one of the largest blockchain technology companies in North America.

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Blended Culture, a South Austin food hall, is one of many local restaurants that are currently understaffed and in search of new hires. (Coffee + Crisp Cafe/Facebook)

After a year of pandemic operations, Doc's Backyard Grill owner Charles Milligan felt things were finally looking up. His Sunset Valley business had survived a temporary closure and transitioning to an online-order business model. By March the slow holiday season and the winter storm were behind him.

But the typically busy spring season hit a snag before it could even begin. Restaurant job applications tend to pick up around March, when outdoor dining is popular. Milligan and his managers reached out to each of the 93 applicants who came in through the jobs site Indeed; 10 responded to interview requests. Of those, three came in. They were good applicants, and Doc's hired them. When it came time for orientation, however, only one person showed up. "That's when we knew we were in trouble," he said.

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JBG sets up every week at the SFC farmers' market. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

Editor's note: It's small business week from May 2-8, so Austonia will highlight a small business every day this week. Check back tomorrow for the next small business profile.

Johnson's Backyard Garden has a mission: feeding the Austin community high-quality, certified organic produce that was grown right here in our backyards.

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Employers have felt the impact of workplace burnout, leading some to offer new benefits to employees in an effort to combat the pandemic problem. (Pexels)

About six weeks into the pandemic, Ryan Wuerch realized his employees were working harder and longer than they had before, leading to fatigue and irritability. "The lines all got blurred, and the computer was always on," he said. "There was never a moment where people felt like they had their break."

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