CHESAPEAKE, Va (WAVY) - Government contractors say small business owners are the driving force of the economy and they're doing everything they can to keep people employed.
Military contracts keep many of the small businesses in Hampton Roads going.
WAVY.com spoke to one business owner who said she refuses to live in fear of the affects of sequestration.
"We choose not to live in fear because that is not who we are. We're going to look forward with a positive attitude and we're going to thrive in the face of adversity," said Dasha Little, president and CEO of Apogee Solutions.
Little is a former military wife who turned her passion for people serving the country into a profitable business contracting with the government.
Apogee Solutions provides services for wounded warriors, and technology support, training and logistics for the various branches of the military.
But with recent budget cuts, her company has had to cut $400,000 from their annual budget.
She said all of the executives have taken a voluntary 10 percent pay cut.
"We're not a big Northrop Grumman where it comes down from the top. Our employees are a part of our family. One of our main concerns is keeping our employees employed. It just really hurts to think of letting somebody go because of a broad stroke of a pen," Little said.
Police say a 2-year-old and a 23-year-old Navy sailor based in Virginia were killed in a crash on Interstate 64 in southern Indiana near Corydon.
Winter's bone chilling temperatures can wreak havoc at your home, sometimes leading to frozen pipes.
A pet adoption discount is helping animals in Hampton Roads find new homes.