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Green Bay businesses discuss challenges under COVID-19 in new survey

Posted at 1:31 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 14:31:29-04

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- Results from a new survey show how Green Bay businesses have been impacted by COVID-19.

The Greater Green Bay Chamber released highlights of the survey Monday. Sixty-four percent of member businesses in the survey said the coronvirus led to employee telecommuting. Twenty-six percent of respondents said their business changed services such as moving to carryout or delivery due to COVID-19.

Twenty-six percent of businesses in the survey also said they furloughed or laid off employees, while 23% of businesses changed their business hours.

Nearly 70% of respondents applied for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, the Greater Green Bay Chamber said.

"In contrast, while 71% of respondents had heard of the U.S. Small Business Association’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, nearly 84% said they did NOT apply; of those who did, 80% said their application was not approved," the Chamber said in a news release.

Some businesses in the survey also said they applied for assistance from other sources such as nonprofit assistance grants, funding through the Brown County United Way or Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and industry-specific grants.

The Chamber said nearly 70% of respondents indicated they anticipate average wages remaining the same this year.

More than 61% indicated difficulty incorporating social distancing practices into operations as the number one concern with resuming “normal” operations, said the Chamber.