Impacts of COVID-19 on Athens County Businesses
Business Owners - Please respond to the below questions as openly and honestly as you can. Your responses will help us identify opportunities for financial relief and prepare advocacy materials to inform state & federal stimulus packages that will help Athens County recover from implications of the COVID-19 outbreak.
This survey was prepared by the Athens County Economic Development Council and Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the City of Athens Planning Office.
What type of industry does your business represent?
Hospitality (i.e. lodging, entertainment)
Professional Services (i.e. repair shop, bank, accounting firm, law firm, doctor office)
Personal Care (i.e. beauty/barbershop, nail salon)
Has your business been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency?
How many full-time employees do you employ?
How many of your employees are at risk of unemployment, reduced hours, and/or layoffs?
How has your business been affected by COVID-19? Check all that apply.
Added expenses to mitigate public safety risks (i.e. cleaning supplies, gloves, etc.)
Change of business hours
Change of business model
Employee layoffs/workforce displacement
Business closures (voluntary or mandated)
Loss or revenue
Supply chain distributions
Change in insurance rates
Please estimate the percentage of revenue decline your business is currently experiencing or anticipates experiencing.
At this time, what are you most concerned about? Check all that apply.
Paying this month's rent/mortgage
Making payroll this pay period and beyond
Employee's financial welfare
Losing work (i.e. clients/customers, projects, jobs)
If business disruption continues at the current rate, my business is at risk of closing permanently in:
Less than one month
This is not a concern
What type of assistance would be most helpful? Check all that apply.
How to protect my employees from COVID-19
How to protect my customers from COVID-19
Information on financial assistance over the next 90 days
Penalty-free extensions on expenses (i.e. rent, utilities, supplies, inventory)
Technical training on social media
Technical training on website development
Information on best practices for online inventory management, shipping & handling, etc.
Information, costs, and risks for providing new services like delivery
If financial relief opportunities were to be made available to Athens County businesses during a "recovery phase," what are the top business needs you would grant funding to?
What additional comments, questions or concerns do you have that have not yet been addressed in previous questions?
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