To say this week was trying would be an understatement. For those of us that were labeled as “essential personnel” the workload was heavy, and hours were long. While doing my tasks for COVID-19 reaction and watching the news I took a few moments to reflect on entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship by nature is a person putting their financials on the line to make a business out of nothing. During this troubling time with businesses having to close their doors for either safety or due to state-mandated closures, there are people without work, but there are small businesses that are told to close because they are not essential.
The state of Arizona, the state that I currently live in, announced today that there is an executive order calling for nonessential businesses to close, asking the public to stay home. In plain English, if your businesses are not related to food services or medical, you must close and stay at home. Arizona is not the first, nor will it be the last, state that will have to push an executive order in response to protecting the citizens.
The first thing that comes to mind is when the dust settles and life goes back to a version of normalcy, that I hope that the communities support these small businesses and shop local.
This coming week, with my move to teleworking and receiving a break from Incident Management Team, I will attempt to focus on my class work and have something more positive to reflect on.