(AURORA, IL, September 8, 2020) – Today, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and Invest Aurora launched the Business Implications Survey, their second COVID-19 business survey. The survey will be open until Monday, September 21 with the analysis report of the survey findings released on Monday, October 5.
The Business Implications Survey is the latest in what will be a series of surveys aimed at measuring the impact and implications of COVID-19 on businesses across the Aurora region. With 524 total respondents, the first survey captured initial insights from businesses of all sizes, length in operation and across all industry sectors on challenges they faced as they looked to reopen and operate in the age of COVID-19. That survey resulted in the Business Impact of COVID-19 report, an analysis of the respondent data.
The Business Implications Survey, which builds upon the initial survey, will be open until Monday, September 21, 2020, with the analysis report of the survey findings released on Monday, October 5, 2020. Businesses from across the Aurora region are encouraged to take the survey. Those who participated in the first survey are encouraged to also take this new survey, however, participation in the first survey is not required to complete the second survey.
“How businesses in the Aurora region respond to the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has created will undoubtedly shape the decade to come,” said Jessica Linder Gallo, president & CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. “By conducting multiple surveys, we will be able to measure both the business impact and implication of COVID-19 over time. The information will help us all get a glimpse into what the future of business might look like in our region.”
“COVID-19 has caused serious economic disruption to business across the region,” said Bryan Gay, president & CEO of Invest Aurora. “Understanding the financial and operational decisions business have made is critical to pinpointing how alternative policy proposals might impact local business and regional employment resilience. This survey will go a long way toward helping us understand the next steps to support the business community.”
Regional COVID-19 Resources & Insights
Aurora Regional Chamber and Invest Aurora have release two key regional resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Regional Reopening Roadmap: A robust yet practical resource that can help businesses plan for and maintain safe working spaces and conditions, design and monitor workplace operations to create flexibility, and maintain safety for employees and customers. The Roadmap was brought to businesses by Waubonsee Community College.
Regional Insights Report: Business Impact of COVID-19: An analysis report that captured initial insights from 524 Aurora regional businesses on challenges they faced as a result of COVID-19. The report was brought to businesses by Waubonsee Community College.
Additional business surveys and resources will be released over time from the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and Invest Aurora.
About the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is the voice of and the catalyst for business success. We unite businesses with the community to create economic prosperity while facilitating connections with community leaders. For more than 100 years, we have served the greater Aurora region across four counties (DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will), and currently represent nearly 600 businesses. We have earned the 5-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an honor bestowed on only 1% of Chambers nationwide. Learn more at aurorachamber.com.
About Invest Aurora
Invest Aurora is a 501c3 public/private economic development partnership dedicated to expanding economic opportunities in Aurora, Illinois. The organization is focused on the attraction, retention and promotion of businesses within the City of Aurora, and provides small-business grants and loans through its Finish Line Grant and John C Dunham Revolving Loan programs. Visit us to learn more at investaurora.org.
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Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce