Skip to content

Member News

Does your business have exciting news it wants to share with the rest of the Anchorage Chamber membership? To submit an announcement, log in to your Anchorage Chamber profile and complete a News Release. For assistance accessing your account, call (907) 272-2401.

Anchorage Chamber staff will review and approve all submissions. 

AEDC releases results of COVID Business Impact Survey

Measures preliminary impact of COVID on local business

Today, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) released the results of their second round COVID-19 Business Impact Survey, showing recent effects from COVID-related changes to operations, closures and more.  Questions were formulated by AEDC staff in partnership with the McDowell Group. 

“We see a lot of businesses that have witnessed very significant impacts to their finances, including substantial losses in revenue,” said Bill Popp, AEDC President and CEO.  “Of the respondents, 16% felt that there was a risk of their business being closed permanently because of COVID-19, and 22% don’t know if they will close or remain open.  That is a lot of businesses at risk of closing permanently, in a number of different sectors.” 

“I want businesses and impacted employees to know that there is help.  Whether you are an unemployed worker or a business dealing with major cash challenges, there are programs that are available – through unemployment or any number of different loan or grant programs.”

The survey ran from April 14-23 with over 250 responses.  Overall results included:

  • 31% of respondents have conducted layoffs
  • 64% of respondents have seen losses in revenues.  70% of those reporting a loss saw losses of 50% or less and 30% saw losses of more than 50%
  • 45% of respondents believe their revenues will be down significantly in the first half of 2020
  • 16% of respondents believe their business is at risk of closing permanently because of the impacts caused by COVID-19, while 22% don’t know if their business will remain open or close
  • 62% of respondents are confident their business will stay open
  • Tourism, restaurants, retail, healthcare, non-profits, media/communications, and finance/insurance/real estate sectors are likely to be heavily impacted by COVID-related job losses

Online survey responses were solicited via direct email, AEDC’s electronic newsletter, social media, and the communications arm of the Mayor’s Economic Resiliency Task Force, which AEDC co-chairs.
 
About AEDC
AEDC is a private nonprofit corporation, operating since 1987. It exists to encourage growth and diversity in the Anchorage economy, promote a favorable business climate and improve the standard of living of Anchorage residents.

Scroll To Top