Here’s What Happened in the World of Small Business in July 2021

1) The US recession actually lasted only two months.

While difficult times for many individuals and small businesses lasted much longer (and for some are still continuing), “the U.S. recession touched off by the coronavirus lasted only two months, ending with a low point reached in April 2020 after the start of a sharp drop in economic activity in March of that year.” (Source: Reuters

Why this is important for your business:

While the country had “by no means gotten back to normal operating capacity at that point,” it is helpful to be aware that the recession was the shortest on record. This may feed arguments in favor of the “cash first” approach policymakers took, including the extensive financing for small businesses.

2) Restaurant workers are quitting at a record rate. 

There are a variety of reasons – including the high-stress culture – but pay is high on the list. “Low wages are the most common reason people cite for leaving food service work. But in one recent survey, more than half of hospitality workers who’ve quit said no amount of pay would get them to return.” (Source: NPR)

Why this is important for your business:

If you operate in any sectors related to the restaurant industry, you’ve no doubt encountered businesses who are having staffing difficulties. Some may choose to raise wages, while others might wait it out to see if things revert to “normal.”

3) The economy is expected to cool off going forward.

“The U.S. economy’s 2021 growth surge likely peaked in the spring, but a strong expansion is expected to continue into next year,” said economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal. The bounce back from the recession prompted “red-hot” growth, but that burst is expected to slow. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Why this is important for your business:

This isn’t a bad thing. We’re past the peak for economic growth and have moved “into the more moderate phase of expansion.” Job gains, personal savings, and fiscal support are expected to keep the economy growing solidly over the next year.

4) During the pandemic, 1 in 5 business owners were on the brink of closing forever.

A new study by OnePoll found that “One in five small business owners came frighteningly close to shuttering their business for good during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Additionally, 3 in 4 respondents said the past year was the most difficult they’ve ever faced in the life of their business. (Source: Study Finds)

Why this is important for your business:

If you’re one of these business owners, it’s helpful to know you’re not alone. And in working with business owners over the last year, a number of them would have shut down without the help of the PPP. Becuase their finances were in order they were able to apply quickly and get approved. It never hurts, only helps to be on top of your accounting.

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