Checking In: Vt. Small Businesses, Sole Proprietors & The Coronavirus Economy
The new VPR-Vermont PBS poll finds more than 90% of Vermonters are concerned about the future of the state's small businesses as they grapple with the coronavirus economy. This hour, we talk to businesses owners and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development about the challenges facing small businesses, sole proprietors and the tourism industry.
Our guests are:
- Brian Mulcahy, owner of the Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford and board member of the Vermont Inn and Bed & Breakfast Association
- Ted Brady, deputy secretary for the Agency of Commerce and Community Development offering Economic Recovery Grants for businesses, nonprofits and sole proprietorships
- Samirah Evans, a jazz and blues vocal teacher at Williams College who also gives private lessons out of her home studio in Brattleboro
- Patricia Trafton, owner and director of Soapbox Arts, a commercial art gallery in Burlington
Broadcast live on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.
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From July 15 to July 28, the VPR - Vermont PBS 2020 Poll asked hundreds of Vermonters how they felt about COVID-19, racial inequality and other issues. Explore the full results here.