Marion Business Association looks back on the achievements of a difficult year | Local News


Unemployment, after rising sharply last spring, has stabilized and Marion and McDowell County, like much of the United States, are now experiencing a labor shortage.

Over the past year, Marion has achieved record retail sales in McDowell County. For the first full year of the pandemic (April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021), retail sales in McDowell County grew 11%, more than double the growth of 5.3% across the board. of State. In the first nine months of 2020-2021, retail sales in McDowell County grew nearly 15%, well above the statewide growth rate of just under 10%. The highest six months of retail sales on record in McDowell County have been since June, after the start of the pandemic.

All of the partner organizations have worked hard over the past year to provide information, programs and resources to businesses. McDowell Chamber of Commerce and MBA have done a fantastic job posting and submitting information on many federal, state and local programs including Paycheck Protection Program (P3), Economic Disaster Loans (EDIL), NC Mortgages, Utilities and Rent Assistance, Restaurant Revitalization Fund, Small Business Association Programs, Mountain BizWorks Programs, Rural Center Programs, Federal and Provincial Tax Credits State, American Rescue Plan and others. Many of our local businesses have taken advantage of these programs, requesting and receiving funding from more than one program, providing the necessary assistance.

The City of Marion and MBA put money into marketing as it became clear that food, beverage and retail businesses, in particular, needed targeted help, according to the release. hurry.


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