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Only 15 days ago we found ourselves in Modena, at the headquarters of the National Confederation for the Craft Sector and Small and Medium Enterprises to talk about small farmer’s solitude in the crisis, while the second group, the one of small and medium enterprises, of molecular capitalism, felt less alone. The region’s president, Il Sole 24 Ore and government agencies were all there. Together we agreed that the moment was indeed difficult.

We are suffering from the financial turbulence of the euro and sovereign debt. Some get stuck in the tunnel of desperation, but we have to hold each other tightly by the hand, feel like a population, a working community that strives and accepts the challenge to change, which is implied in the crisis. As if that were not enough, exactly from there—from the heartland of Italy’s widespread economy, of productive districts and sectors—from the earth came an earthquake that doesn’t seem to want to repose.

It was ferocious in hitting the communities’ symbols: churches, towers that were peculiar to small towns, warehouses with their dead workers who once worked at night to make deliveries, with orders already low enough, and during the day to rebuild and continue to produce so as not to exit the supply chain. The supply chain here more than anywhere else unites crafts workers and small enterprises with the medium enterprises and those centers of excellence that characterize the territory. Without them, without their warehouses, Ferrari would never have become a symbol of “Made in Italy.”

In the provinces of Modena and Ferrara there are 100,000 active businesses, more than one for every 10 citizens. They give work to 330,000 workers. They export and compete in the crisis for 13 billion euros. In the towns of the earthquake’s epicenter, from Medolla to Cavezzo, from Carpi to Mirandola, from Novi di Modena to Finale Emilia, 440 new businesses were created. These are numbers and citations concerning the territory’s economy that today give way to sentiments of solidarity and closeness with that middle Italy that is the bond holding together North and South. Let us bow our heads in reverence to the industrious people of the Via Emilia and let’s not leave them alone in rebuilding small towns and warehouses. No one should be left alone in this moment of difficulty. They will make it; we will make it.