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Quad Cities Chamber small business outlook for 2021

TV6 checked in with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce to see how things are going and what they’re hoping for in 2021.
Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 6:27 PM CST
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QUAD CITIES (KWQC) - Small local businesses have been impacted in many ways this year, making this holiday season especially crucial. TV6 checked in with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce to see how things are going and what they’re hoping for in 2021.

President of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, Paul Rumler, said the past two years have been extremely challenging for small businesses in the area. This comes after impacts from construction, flooding, and a global pandemic.

“I haven’t talked to too many [businesses] that are saying that they’re having the best year of their life. So it’s either are they surviving or are they trying to get there...get through this,” he said.

Various resources are available for small business relief on both the local, state and federal level. The chamber’s resource page walks through all of the options. They also have Keep it QC, a campaign about the power of putting money back into the regional economy.

“We hope that we can help generate more economic growth in the long term for the Quad Cities area by making some small changes in the way that we go about our lives or where we spend a few dollars.”

He said the next few months will be difficult but 2021 has a brighter future.

“As we had in our economic forecast just two weeks ago, the prediction is 2021 will be a great year. It’ll be a really good year. It’s just for businesses who get to see it will experience that positive,” he said, “We see it as a year that we really need to fight through and be resilient for a few more months, and really get through spring of 2021, and then we look at better times ahead.”

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