Survey Says Small Businesses Want Help During the Pandemic -- So Why Aren't They Asking for It?
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Due in large part to the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 has been a roller coaster ride for many Americans. Businesses have been severely affected by nationwide shutdowns and safety measures, forcing some to close their doors forever. Fortunately, government assistance programs like the Paycheck Protection program have helped sustain businesses across the nation. However, a surprising number of Americans aren't asking for this help.
A survey by GOBankingRates and Solvable asked 1,229 Americans about their experience receiving government aid during COVID-19. The survey was broken down by employment type with responses from small business owners, freelancers, W-2 workers and retirees.
Interestingly, while the survey revealed small business owners are indeed struggling, 28% of them said they had not applied for any government financial assistance in response to COVID-19. In contrast, many big businesses like Shake Shack and Ruth's Chris Steak House applied for these government-backed PPP loans -- many of which really didn't need the money. If big companies aren't too shy to take government handouts, then why are so many struggling small businesses passing up the opportunity to? Here are some possible reasons why:
But there are multiple forms of government assistance that many different types of people and businesses can take advantage of during these difficult times. The following information is a look at these government benefits in the (5) states with the greatest number of small businesses. Benefits include the average PPP loan amount (when it was still available), the FEMA enhanced benefit amount and what residents of that particular state might make from Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
Tp 5 States with the Most Small Businesses
4. New York
There is no doubt that COVID-19 has affected people regardless of economic situation, but some were hit harder than others. Solvable's original report goes into greater detail on the makeup of the survey respondents and their specific economic situations.
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