Southwest Area Neighborhood Coalition
Survey: Giving Voice to Small Business
On April 13, the CSBC launched a survey to engage owners of businesses with fewer than 50 employees as well as those who are self-employed.
Myriad small businesses in Charlotte are facing unprecedented challenges. Overall, the survey seeks to capture and reflect the experiences of small businesses and those who are self-employed by prompting participants to assess the challenges in sustaining their businesses.
More specifically, the survey:
Ascertains the impacts that COVID-19 and stay-in-place policies have had on business
Survey Highlights (as of May 3)
Owners of small businesses in Charlotte (including those self-employed) are experiencing challenges similar to an epic natural disaster. Many are still in immediate survivability mode, assessing and living with ongoing damage. And even as the acute impacts of the disaster subside and aspects of the pre-COVID environment return, the challenges will not subside for small businesses. It is akin to rebuilding with a slew of additional code requirements. Entrepreneurial grit and innovation can address these obstacles only so much.
Pre-COVID there were more than 30,000 small businesses in Charlotte — cumulatively, by far the largest sources of employment in the region. They are like the homes destroyed and severely damaged in a damaged in a natural disaster. How many will be allowed an equitable opportunity to emerge and rebuild?