t’s a special edition for Small Business Week 2020, showcasing a number of Berkeley’s small businesses that are innovating through the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the federal government postpones Small Business Week and Berkeley prepares to hunker down for another month under shelter-in-place orders, small businesses across every sector are transforming their services to solve problems during the pandemic – with many finding silver linings in the unexpected challenge.

PolySpectra had a wide array of applications for its specialized materials and 3D-printing services before the pandemic, including dental equipment, consumer electronic devices, and vehicle parts. In the last few months, it has homed in on using its Cyclic Olefin Resin, or COR, to create medical devices that can support hospitals. Its first rollout could be ventilators through a partnership with RespiraWorks.