Asian Business Association of San Diego Launches New Survey of Asian and Pacific Islander Business Owners – OsideNews


Survey to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local business operations and workforce

California from San Diego—A new survey of local business owners has been launched to investigate the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses owned by Asian and Pacific Islanders in the San Diego area.

The 18-question survey, commissioned by the Asian Business Association of San Diego (ABA), a nonprofit organization representing the interests of Asian and Pacific Islander-owned businesses in San Diego County, will be distributed by electronically to more than 7,000 businesses in San Diego City, Chula Vista and National City starting this week. Survey questions will explore issues faced by business owners since the start of the pandemic, including hate crimes, employee retention and obtaining financial assistance.

“Local business owners are years away from recovering financially from the pandemic and still need greater business assistance,” said ABA President and CEO Jason Paguio. “We believe the results of this survey will help inform the community and local decision makers about the work ahead to ensure every business in San Diego County is back on track.” Paguio pointed to a recent report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Association of American Retired Persons (AARP) which found that since the spring of 2020, older Asian entrepreneurs (aged 45+) have experienced higher revenue loss rates and a greater drop in revenue. active business owners compared to their white, African American and Latino peers.
The ABA is stepping up efforts to reach out to business owners for the survey initiative. Later this month, trained volunteers will go door-to-door to interview business owners in person in business areas with a high concentration of Asian-Pacific-owned businesses, such as the Convoy and Little Saigon neighborhood in City Heights. Business owners who also prefer to take the survey in Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean or Chinese will be able to do so over the phone with bilingual interviewers.

Business owners have until September 28 to complete the electronic survey. The survey can be viewed online on the ABA website at

Survey Volunteer Training is scheduled for later this week for those interested in volunteering. For more information, potential volunteers can contact ABA Survey Manager Vince Vasquez at

Link to March 2021 Federal Reserve/AARP report on “The State of the Elderly Entrepreneur During COVID-19” cited: -entrepreneurs-aarp-report


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