A year-and-a-half after the coronavirus first appeared in the Valley, small business owners in McAllen are again apprehensive about their future – this time because of the threat posed by the Delta variant. That’s one of the findings in the newest survey done by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce on the impact the pandemic is having on local small businesses. Chamber President Steve Ahlenius tells 710 KURV:
(Audio: Chamber President Steve Ahlenius)
The survey also found renewed worry among small business owners over the likelihood that border restrictions on non-essential travel won’t be lifted anytime soon. In addition, a shortage of employees remains a huge challenge.
Many of the small business owners surveyed also expressed hope that more people would get vaccinated, which would make the upcoming holiday shopping period safer and their 4th quarter profitable. The survey was the fifth conducted by the McAllen Chamber since the start of the pandemic.