Encouraging. That’s one word the president of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce is using to describe its latest survey measuring the impact of the coronavirus on local businesses. Steve Ahlenius says the survey shows fewer businesses – 5 percent – are worried they won’t survive the pandemic, compared to 18 percent from the first survey in April. Ahlenius tells 710 KURV that local businesses are rising up to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19:
(Audio: Steve Ahlenius)
The survey also shows a dramatic rise in the number of businesses finding ways to have employees work remotely – a coronavirus-forced change that Ahlenius says could become permanent, and actually prove to be better, for many businesses. Ahlenius says the chamber expects to conduct its 4th and final coronavirus impact survey early next year.