The CEO's Last Word - "Hats Off to Small Business Owners"

There is no doubt just how challenging the last year has been for small businesses, especially those that were unable to trade due to lockdown restrictions and those who were inevitably forced to close their doors after suffering from significantly reduced income. 

Exacerbating this already difficult situation was the aftermath of the ongoing volcanic eruption in St. Vincent and the Grenadines which recently left the island blanketed in ash and dust, causing further setbacks and putting a damper on the sector’s reopening plans.

However, in spite of these challenges, small business owners have remained compliant with the health and safety protocols established and have gone above and beyond to invest in inter alia sanitising stations, social distancing cues and additional cleaning staff for the safety of their employees and the public. 

This of course is no small feat for these small firms who unlike big corporations do not have the disposable income, reserves, or large staff departments required to tackle these situations with ease. In most instances, these small businesses employ as few as 3 – 10 people and have not made a profit in years. We are aware that some businesses have not been able to cope, resulting in closures in some sectors – a matter that will engage another article at another time. However, the level of adaptability and resilience seen in some sectors demonstrate the kind of characteristics which must be harnessed and encouraged.

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It is for this reason that I think it absolutely necessary to commend those small businesses that have shown a high level of dedication and focus, not only to their businesses but to the health and safety of our local communities during the pandemic. The effort and sacrifices they have made to aid in the fight against COVID-19 must be applauded and their unflinching determination to persevere despite facing relentless adversity, admired.