Smithers District Chamber of Commerce

6 WEEK COVID CHAMBER SURVEY RESULTS

May 6, 2020

Here are the questions, answers, and percentage results from the live survey during the May 1 zoom session. Mark your calendar, our next scheduled membership call is Friday, May 15th at 2 pm!

(Based on 38 participant votes). 

1 How long do you expect to be able to operate your Business?

· 2 weeks to less than 1 month: 10%

· 1 month to less than 3 months: 47%

· 3 months to less than 6 months: 39%

· Don’t know: 4%

2 Are you able to access supports?

· Do not qualify: 47%

· Not enough cash flow relief: 31%

· Not enough wage support: 23%

· Unclear of program requirements: 31%

· Programs in place are adequate: 7%

· No assistance is needed:11%

3 What are the challenges returning to normal capacity?

· Rehiring staff: 36%

· Customer Base: 48%

· Supply chain issues: 21%

· Startup costs (purchasing products): 21%

· Locating safety equipment: 28%

· Other: 42%

4 What does your business need the most right now?

· Financial support: 46%

· Consulting/mentoring: 4%

· Consistently reliable info: 54%

· Reduced fees/taxes: 42%

· Rent deferral/support: 4%

· Other 30%

5 How can the community best support you right now?

· Purchase gift cards: 11%

· Leave a positive online review:13%

· Place phone order: 18%

· Purchase online: 7%

· Support from Economic Recovery Team: 21%

· Other: 50%

6 How are you and business personally weathering the past six weeks?

· Getting by: 31%

· Hanging in: 15 %

· Hanging on by a thread: 42%

· Melting down: 8%

· No change: 4%

 

You are able to connect with people so easily here. It’s a progressive little town with a vibrant business community and such open minded, friendly people.

-Julie Hoddinott, Owner, The Designery

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