Survey: Business returns to Summit but labor shortage is slowing progress

A “help wanted” sign is posted in front of a local business on Main Street in Breckenridge on Tuesday, March 23. Many Summit County businesses are reporting staffing difficulties.
Photo by Ashley Low

When the virus began impacting Summit County in April 2020, Corry Mihm and her team scrambled to gather immediate data to show how the business community was impacted.

Mihm, who is the project manager for the Summit Prosperity Initiative, said when she and her team began launching these surveys, the goal was to see how businesses were coping and identify needs that could be met through the initiative and the Summit Chamber of Commerce.

The latest survey results were released Thursday, July 8. Mihm said the two biggest takeaways — and news worth celebrating — are that businesses are starting to report revenue gains and that owners are feeling more confident looking to the future.

“The thing that really…

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