More Utah small businesses are recovering from COVID-19 pandemic

Mar 29, 2021, 2:16 PM | Updated: 2:40 pm
Restaurants across Utah can receive additional help from the U.S. Small Business Administration sta...
Restaurants across Utah can receive additional help from the U.S. Small Business Administration starting today. (PHOTO: Adobe Stock)
(PHOTO: Adobe Stock)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Local business leaders and economists are sharing an optimistic outlook for the future as many small businesses across Utah begin returning to normal operations. 

Small businesses are seeing more demand

Speaking on National Mom and Pop Business Owner Day, Robert Spendlove with Zions Bank shared information from the Census Bureau’s latest Small Business Pulse Survey.

“Seven in ten small businesses have either fully recovered or are expected to fully recover in the next few months,” he explained.

Additionally, the survey found 45% of these businesses are already operating at pre-pandemic levels, while 26% of small businesses expect to return to normal within six months.

According to Spendlove, two in three Utah “mom and pops” say their business has been hurt by the pandemic.

Coronavirus pandemic creates a pet boom

One of those individuals is Jackie Hansen, owner of Central Park Pet Retreat in Salt Lake City.

She says her pet daycare and boarding business struggled to stay open early on, and at one point, they had to operate with only two employees.

Since then, Hansen says business is coming back and she expects to be operating at pre-pandemic levels in the near future. 

One of the unintended benefits of the coronavirus pandemic for her business was the “pet boom.”

According to the American Pet Products Association, more than 11 million U.S. households got a new pet during the pandemic.

Beyond specific businesses that are experiencing post-pandemic booms, Spendlove anticipates almost all small businesses across the state will soon see more demand.

“Freshly vaccinated people will soon be able to re-enter our workforce and re-enter or society,” he explains. “Whether it’s going to the dry cleaners, going to the movies or going on a cruise.”

Today’s Top Stories


Breeze Airways...
Mark Jones

Breeze Airways announces additional flights out of Provo Airport

PROVO, Utah — Less than a week after beginning non-stop service to San Francisco, Breeze Airways announced Wednesday two additional flights out of Provo Airport. Starting Nov. 2, the Utah-based airline will offer non-stop service from Provo to Phoenix twice a week (Wednesday and Saturday). The airline will also offer a one-stop/no-plane change service to […]
1 day ago
Lions Not Sheep owner Sean Whalen is pictured...
Samantha Herrera

Utah business Lions Not Sheep responds to FTC fraud claims

Owner Sean Whalen posted an almost 15-minute-long video responding to the FTC's fine and complaint about Lions Not Sheep.
1 day ago
Gas prices displayed...

US inflation slips from 40-year peak but remains high 8.5%

While there are signs that inflation may ease in the coming months, it will likely remain far above the Federal Reserve's 2% annual target well into next year or even into 2024.
1 day ago
Allegiant Airlines...
Mark Jones

Allegiant Air plans to hire 60 flight attendants for its new Provo base

Allegiant Air hire 60 new flight attendants for its new base of operations in Provo.
2 days ago
tyson chicken...
Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business

Steak’s off the table: Inflation-weary shoppers are switching to chicken

Meat processor, Tyson said Monday that "demand for chicken is extremely strong," while demand for its higher-priced cuts of beef has softened.
2 days ago
flight cancellations...
Chuck Johnston

More than 860 US flights canceled, 4,000 delayed on Sunday

U.S travelers saw another round of airline cancellations this weekend. At Chicago O'Hare, 12% of all flights were canceled Sunday and 35% of the flights were delayed.
4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

More Utah small businesses are recovering from COVID-19 pandemic