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Asian Business Association of San Diego Launches New Asian & PacificIslander Business Owner Survey

Survey to Investigate Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Local Business Operations and Workforce

San Diego CA—A new local business owner survey has launched, to investigate the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses owned by Asian and Pacific Islanders in the San Diego region.

The 18-question survey, commissioned by the Asian Business Association of San Diego (ABA), a non-profit organization representing the interests of Asian & Pacific Islander-owned businesses in San Diego County, will be distributed electronically to more than 7,000 businesses in the City of San Diego, Chula Vista and National City starting this week. The survey questions will explore issues business owners have experienced since the start of the pandemic including hate crimes, retaining employees, and receiving financial assistance.

“Local business owners are years away from recovering financially from the pandemic and are still in need of greater business assistance,” said ABA President & CEO Jason Paguio. “We believe that the findings from this survey will help inform the community and local decision makers on the work ahead to ensure every business in San Diego County is back on track.” Paguio pointed to a recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Association of American Retired Persons (AARP) that revealed that since spring 2020, older Asian entrepreneurs (aged 45+) have experienced higher rates of revenue losses and greater declines in active business ownership compared to their White, African American and Latino peers.
The ABA is doubling its efforts to reach business owners for the survey initiative. Later this month, trained volunteers will go door-to-door to survey business owners in person in commercial areas with higher concentrations of Asian & Pacific Islander-owned businesses, such as the Convoy District and Little Saigon in City Heights. Business owners who also prefer to participate in the survey in Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean or Chinese will be able to do so over the phone with bilingual survey interviewers.

Business owners have until September 28 to complete the electronic survey. The survey can be found online at the ABA’s website, at www.abasd.org/survey

Survey volunteer training is scheduled for later this week for those interested in volunteering. For more information, prospective volunteers can contact ABA Survey Manager Vince Vasquez at vince@abasd.org.

Link to March 2021 “State of the Older Entrepreneur During COVID-19” Federal Reserve/AARP Report cited: https://www.fedsmallbusiness.org/medialibrary/FedSmallBusiness/files/2021/45-entrepreneuers-aarp-report

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