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Biscuit & Counter owners Lance Velasquez, left, and Marlo Sandler, right, prepare Thanksgiving orders in their home kitchen on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, in Palm Springs, Calif. (Photo: Vickie Connor/The Desert Sun)

In a year marred by a historic recession and heartbreak for local businesses, a record number of new businesses are opening up — including some entrepreneurs in the Coachella Valley.

The U.S. Census Bureau said nearly 1.57 million businesses applied for an employer identification number in July, August and September of 2020, which is a tax filing number for new businesses. That’s about 77% more filings than in the third quarter of 2019, when around 859,000 new businesses launched.

In California, where roughly 10% of the nation’s new businesses are located, more than 153,000 employer identification numbers were created in the third quarter, representing a nearly 72% increase compared to the same timeframe in 2019.