Investigation to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local business operations and workforce
San Diego California—A new survey of local business owners has been launched to study the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Asian and Pacific Islander-owned businesses in the San Diego area.
The 18-question survey, commissioned by the Asian Business Association of San Diego (ABA), a non-profit organization representing the interests of Asian and Pacific Islander-owned businesses in San Diego County, will be distributed by electronically to over 7,000 businesses in San Diego City, Chula Vista and National City as of this week. The survey questions will explore issues that business owners have faced since the start of the pandemic, including hate crimes, employee retention and obtaining financial assistance.
“Local business owners are years away from recovering financially from the pandemic and still need more business support,” said Jason Paguio, president and CEO of the ABA. “We believe the results of this survey will help inform the community and local decision makers on the work ahead to ensure that all businesses in San Diego County are back on track. Paguio pointed out a recent report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Association of American Retired Persons (AARP) which found that since the spring of 2020, older Asian entrepreneurs (45 years and older) have experienced Higher income loss rates and larger declines in active business ownership compared to their white, African-American and Latino peers.
The ABA is redoubling its efforts to reach out to business owners as part of the survey initiative. Later this month, trained volunteers will go door-to-door to survey in-person business owners in shopping areas with a higher concentration of Asian and Pacific island-owned businesses, such as as the Convoy District and Little Saigon in City Heights. Business owners who also prefer to take the survey in Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean or Chinese will be able to do so over the phone with bilingual interviewers.
Business owners have until September 28 to complete the electronic survey. The survey can be viewed online on the ABA website at www.abasd.org/survey
Survey volunteer training is scheduled for later this week for those interested in volunteering. For more information, potential volunteers can contact ABA survey manager Vince Vasquez at email@example.com.
Link to Federal Reserve / AARP State of the Older Entrepreneur during COVID-19 March 2021 report cited: https://www.fedsmallbusiness.org/medialibrary/FedSmallBusiness/files/2021/45-entrepreneuers-aarp- postponement