Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce surveying business owners on impact of COVID-19

The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce Covid-19 Business Impact Survey also asks business owners questions based on federal assistance they have sought as well as on the status of any federal assistance applications and how much money they requested. (Screenshot courtesy Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce)
The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce Covid-19 Business Impact Survey also asks business owners questions based on federal assistance they have sought as well as on the status of any federal assistance applications and how much money they requested. (Screenshot courtesy Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce)

The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce Covid-19 Business Impact Survey also asks business owners questions based on federal assistance they have sought as well as on the status of any federal assistance applications and how much money they requested. (Screenshot courtesy Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce)

Have you had to furlough employees? Have you had to lay off employees? If so, how has that affected your business?

These are some of the questions the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce is seeking to answer through part two of an online survey.

The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business Impact Survey also asks business owners questions based on federal assistance they have sought as well as on the status of any federal assistance applications and how much money they requested.

The survey comes as retail stores throughout Texas become able, as of April 24, to offer pickup and delivery services, per state orders, provided they adhere to specific guidelines for employees and customers.

Laura Mitchell, Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce president, said the chamber conducted an initial survey several weeks ago to understand the needs and pain points of the area's local businesses.


"We found the trends were concerns about payroll and rent," Mitchell said. "We then provided resources and assistance to those in need. Since then, the landscape of business has again changed significantly. We have launched a second survey to try and understand what is needed."

The chamber survey also includes questions on rent forbearance, what business owners feel they need and how the chamber can help.

Mitchell said it is truly difficult right now to know what the responses will be.

"However, as we see emerging trends we will work diligently to prioritize our efforts and provide the needed support to assist," she said. "The chamber is in a unique position to do this with the vast network of resources we have. We are an incredibly resilient community and I know we will work through this together."

Business owners interested in taking the survey should click here.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.