Category: Open for Business Friday

Open for Business Friday: Deep in the Heart of Texas, Everyone Wants a Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has not been kind to businesses, and that’s especially true in the Lone Star State. Texans have shaped the determined spirit of this country, so it’s not surprising that when things got tough, two members of Congress from Texas got going. This week, Representatives Filemon Vela (D-TX) and Lance Gooden (R-TX) introduced the Small Business Comeback Act – an ambitious piece of legislation that would create … Continued

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS FRIDAY: SALONS AND BARBERSHOPS

Barbershops and salons face unique challenges in the COVID-19 era. Hair care services cannot be offered online, nor can they use innovative technologies to deliver updos or fades contact–free. Ultimately, whether indoors or outdoors, barbers and stylists need their hands to be within arms distance of a client to achieve the desired results – which makes the repeat lockdowns rippling across … Continued

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS FRIDAY: LIVE EVENTS AND AMUSEMENT PARKS

The summer concert series ended before it even began. Now as the country starts to reopen and a sense of new normalcy begins, what is in store for live events? As performers try to pick up the pieces after their entire industry shut down overnight, it is difficult to switch on the lights and start … Continued

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Open for Business Friday: Movie Theaters

Are summer blockbusters a thing of the past? A few short months ago people might have scoffed at the question. Today, however, the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic devastation are forcing consumers to seriously reconsider their recreational activities. Last week, news broke that AMC Theatres, the world’s largest cinema chain, was on the brink of … Continued

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Open for Business Friday: Restaurants

As the country starts to reopen, one thing is clear: gone are the days of packed happy hours and large group dining experiences. Enter the era of social distancing pool noodle hats and American restaurants having to expand outdoor seating and reduce capacity. As of last Friday, at least 15 states had issued requirements for … Continued

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Open for Business Friday: Endurance Sports

No industry or sector has been spared by the COVID-19 pandemic – and that includes sports. When the country started to close and gatherings of more than six were canceled, the sporting industry took a hard hit. From major league games to marathons, the sports industry has seen a severe drop in revenue and countless … Continued

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Open for Business Friday: Automotive Care

The COVID-19 pandemic brought daily life – and with it, the American economy – to a screeching halt. While parts of the automotive industry were declared essential, this does not mean they can operate as before. From automotive repair shops to factories and car dealerships, every facet of the industry has had to adapt to … Continued

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Open for Business Friday: Retail

You’ve likely heard of the struggle of major retailers – like Neiman Marcus, J.Crew, and JCPenney – due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But from big to small, all the storefronts dotting your city and town, providing the essential products and services you need, are part of a much bigger economic ecosystem. When you pick up … Continued

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Open for Business Friday: Travel and Tourism

This week is National Travel and Tourism Week – but things look different this year. In 2019, travel generated $2.6 trillion for the U.S. economy. But as we cancel our spring break, Memorial Day, and summer travel plans due to COVID-19, eight in ten hotel rooms are empty. The U.S. is projected to lose $1.2 … Continued

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