This week, May 3-9, is Small Business Week and Mount Vernon Lee Chamber would like to recognize the contributions of entrepreneurs and small businesses in our community. These businesses give vitality to the community and ensure a robust economy. Data shows that 94 percent of Fairfax County business establishments have 50 or fewer employees and that these companies employ more than 200,000 people.
According to The Connection Newspapers, "A survey conducted by the US Census Bureau during the pandemic last August showed nearly 79 percent of small businesses surveyed had felt a moderate to large negative impact from the pandemic. It would be safe to say that all businesses have had to change how they operate. According to George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, Northern Virginia lost 130,000 jobs during the pandemic with about 70,000 of those now returned. While most of these jobs are in the hospitality and leisure sectors, local businesses still need to fill some positions to be at pre-pandemic staffing."
As per The Connection Newspapers, "ServiceMaster Restore NCR is owned by Greg and Jane Gandee and the next generation is now stepping into business leadership roles. The Gandees started this business 40 years ago to provide restoration from water damage, fire and mold remediation. They were at the Pentagon after 9-11 to help with restoration and now provide all these services plus cleaning and disinfecting services to prevent covid for businesses and homes."