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Government Shutdown Stings Small Business Everywhere

Government Shutdown Stings Small Business Everywhere

At the beginning of the government shutdown, we knew that 700,000 workers would be temporarily out of a gig.  Many focused on these people who were immediately and directly affected by the shutdown.  In Washington, several local businesses even offered freebies to furloughed government workers.

But, those small businesses might represent the group of people most negatively affected by the current government shutdown.

Monuments, museums, and parks are closed.  This received headlines in Washington, specifically when politicians showed up at the World War II Memorial.  Many vendors rely on tourists.  But, with everything closed, a lot the business has dried up.

Outside of the Beltway, this is an issue for businesses who rely on national parks.  The Pisgah Inn is a privately run business that sits on federally owned land near the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The actual Parkway is a national park that has remained open during the shutdown, but parks along the road have been closed.

October busiest time of year for businesses along the Parkway.  Despite being a privately run business, the Pisgah Inn's entrance was blocked a week ago.  The Inn remained closed for several days.  Eventually, the inn's owner was able to strike a deal with the U.S. Department of Interior.

The Pisgah Inn is now open.

But, across the country, businesses that rely on national parks are struggling.  The Grand Canyon is closed.  Yellowstone National Park is closed.

Tourism is not the only industry affected by the shutdown.

The craft beer industry has been hampered.  New permits to open new breweries and to unveil new beers have stalled.  D.C's Blue Jacket Brewery is close to opening, but will be unable to do so until the end of the shutdown.

Yahoo points out that many government contractors are facing tough times.  Vienna, Virginia based Ramarc Solutions gets about 25 percent of its revenue from the government.  The company provides hardware and services for websites, wireless networking, Internet security and teleconferencing.  They just cancelled a trip to New Mexico where they were supposed to install videoconferencing equipment at an Army National Guard base.

These small businesses will not see any back pay.

 

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