The Coronavirus is hitting small businesses hard and we want to make sure that we provide timely communications and support in any way possible.
We need to communicate the enormity of the situation retailers and small businesses are facing. Most of our members have nine or fewer employees, therefore classified as micro businesses. Micro businesses account for three quarters of private sector employers.
One way is to tell your stories, collate some figures, and spread the word to the public and to elected officials. Thank you to everyone who answered our short survey, sharing how your business is being impacted and how you are coping and changing your operations.
We have collated the responses so far and included the charts below, split by restaurant/coffee shop/café and retail/small business.
Retail & Small Business
109 responses were collected from local retailers and small businesses. Events are either being postponed or canceled by many retailers and small businesses. Staff hours are being reduced, business hours changed, and focusing more of their efforts on social media.
To continue serving their customers amid the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants, coffee shops & cafés are using innovative solutions to remain open. Among other things, many are taking online and phone orders, limiting the number of people who can enter the premises at one time, adding curbside pickup and/or delivery. Unfortunately, many are having to close their dining areas, reduce staff hours, cancel events, and change their business hours. 15 responses were received from this demographic.
If you have any questions relating to this survey, please contact Kylie Ross Sibert at (757) 455 9323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.