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More than 1,600 WNY businesses participated in WNY COVID-19 Business Impact Survey
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership released the results of the WNY COVID-19 Business Impact Survey today with nearly every respondent reporting a loss of revenue due to the pandemic. More than 1,600 businesses throughout Western New York – half of them deemed essential by New York State – participated in the survey. The Partnership joined with the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, the counties of Erie and Niagara, and nearly 20 local chambers and economic development organizations to launch the effort to better gauge the impacts of COVID-19 on WNY businesses and employers.
“For those of us monitoring the fallout from COVID-19, the results of the survey are not shocking, but they are a stark indicator of how much work lies ahead for the public and private sectors as our community pivots to recovery,” said Dottie Gallagher, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “COVID-19 has brought about an unprecedented economic upheaval. Recovery will largely depend on government, at all levels, responding to needs and providing vital supports, while the private sector must collaborate in new ways to ensure Wester New York business, large and small, rebound as quickly as possible.”
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Professional services, retail, construction and manufacturing were the top industries represented in the responses with 71 percent of respondents identifying themselves as private sector and the remainder identifying as non-profit or independent contractors. Eighty-one percent of respondents employ 50 or fewer people.
The survey results will be detailed during a webinar on Wednesday, May 6 at 1:00 pm featuring Gallagher, as well as representatives from Mower. The firm donated its services to help design and distribute the survey using best practices. You can register for to participate in the webinar HERE.
The following entities joined the Partnership in this effort:
ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the area’s regional chamber of commerce and privately-funded economic development organization. Partnership members employ more than a quarter of a million people in the Buffalo Niagara region. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara through advocacy, business development, and convening
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