GovConWire’s Event to Discuss COVID-19 Impact on Small Business; Featuring Brian Barnes as Keynote Speaker

GovConWire’s Event to Discuss COVID-19 Impact on Small Business; Featuring Brian Barnes as Keynote Speaker
GovConWire Event

GovConWire Events will host the Winning Business and FY21 Opportunities Virtual Forum featuring keynote speaker Brian Barnes, associate administrator of the Office of Small Business Utilization at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), on October 20th.

GovConWire's second virtual event will educate and inform small to midsize GovCon professionals on the current federal marketplace, FY21 opportunities to look out for, how to navigate the GSA schedule and discuss what industry can do to help. Do not miss out on this must see forum!

Click here to register for the Winning Business and FY21 Opportunities Virtual Forum.

Small businesses continue to report reopening and have cautious optimism about the future despite concerns about a resurgence of COVID-19, according to the latest MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll.

The survey focused on the ongoing impact from COVID-19, reporting that 69 percent of small businesses have reopened in June 2020 than in late May, in which only 43 percent have reopened. 86 percent of small businesses surveyed report they are either fully (52 percent) or partially (34 percent) open, up seven points from May.

70 percent small businesses reported concerns about financial hardship due to prolonged closures and 53 percent said that there are concerns about having to close permanently. Respondents also expressed concerns over the lack of guidance on proper reopening procedures, falling at 56 percent. 

65 percent of small businesses stated that they have high concerns of a second wave of the pandemic, and are concerned about having to close again or stay closed. Concern is particularly high among small businesses that already had to temporarily close. 

The most common actions taken to prepare for a second wave are purchasing additional supplies or products to prevent a future shortage (32 percent), updating websites or social media profiles (29 percent) and increasing e-commerce or digital payment options (25 percent).

GovConWire EventsWinning Business and FY21 Opportunities Virtual Forum will also host an expert panel, featuring Glen Delgado of NASA, Sharon Ridley with Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), and Darlene Bullock with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). To learn more about the impacts of COVID-19 on business, as well as how to overcome challenges in the marketplace. 

Click here to register for the Winning Business and FY21 Opportunities Virtual Forum.

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