Main Street America conducted an online survey in late March to assess the impact of the COVID-19 on the approximately 300,000 small businesses across the network. Specifically, this survey was designed to help us understand small businesses’ ability to withstand what may be several months of suppressed revenue and what kinds of support programs will have the most impact. With thanks to our Main Street Network for encouraging participation in the survey, more than 5,850 small business owners responded.
The findings in our report, The Impact of COVID-19 on Small Businesses: Findings from Main Street America’s Small Business Survey, highlight the profound impact on the smallest, locally-owned businesses that are the backbone of many downtown districts. See the findings from a follow-up survey we conducted in May here.
Building on this survey research, we conducted a survey in August 2020 aimed at understanding how business owners are managing the recovery from COVID-19 and responding to recent protests and social unrest. See key findings here.