This year was supposed to be different. After a pandemic, racial unrest, supply chain issues and more, 2022 was to be the year things began to normalize. But then, Russia declared war on Ukraine, inflation – climbing at a 40-year high – didn’t recede as predicted, and today everything costs more than it did a year ago. Small businesses are often the bellwether of how the economy is doing and tend to be the first to feel the ripples of a souring economy. Is a recession on the way? We’ll look at what small businesses think – and need to know – in this issue of What’s Brewing.