Small Businesses On the Impact of the Shutdown

Friday, October 04, 2013

Right to Left: Paul Haire, Owner of Your Dog's Best Friends, with one of his employees. (Facebook)

The economic consequences of the government shutdown are being felt by small businesses across the country.

It's not just folks in Washington, D.C. that are taking a hit—the closing of parks, national attractions and amenities, plus the ripple of effect of 800,000 national employees staying home from work this week, is hitting a lot of small businesses pretty hard.

We've invited some of these small business owners on to talk about the economic impact they're feeling this week.

With us to discuss this is Paul Haire, owner of Your Dog's Best Friends in Alexandria, Virginia.

Phil Francis, who was until recently the Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

And Ohwnn, owner of Tours in the Glades in Florida City.


Owhnn, Phil Francis and Paul Haire

Produced by:

Tyler Adams


T.J. Raphael

Comments [5]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Closing National Parks this time of the year is like a baseball team on their way to the World Series closing down their merchandising stands.It makes no business sense.

If the Politicians were fair, they would have given closer examination to the parks and Federal agencies that do make money this time of year, and just close their own offices down instead.

Oct. 04 2013 01:35 PM

Today's report on one gentleman's tendency to always use the emergency room for his health care tied his behavior to the lack of medical insurance when the content of his soundbites made it abundantly clear that with or without insurance he was probably going to wait until his medical situation was critical before seeking help; thereby leaving him little alternative but the emergency room. This is a very common type of behavior, particularly common among men, who believe that they can "tough it out"; take 2 aspirin and don't waste time...and not valid anecdotal support for the need for Obama Care. We need to have a better educated public on the importance of preventative care, better access to medical consultation outside of work hours and more affordable care. The Affordable Care Act only address the affordability, there is not a provision for education or for clinics operating on schedules that would facilitate preventative care without jeopardizing income.

Oct. 04 2013 01:18 PM
Philip Potter from Valley Stream,NY

Re: gov't shutdown

The dems agree to defer for one year the penalties for individuals not signing up with the ACA.

The rest of the ACA goes into effect.

In exchange the right agrees to

1. Eliminate farms subsidies in an amount at least the loss of the ACA penalties, so as not to increase the deficit.

2. The gov't gets funded.

3. The debt ceiling is increased for at least a year.

4. The congress affirms the the Social Security Trust Fund will be treated like all other gov't debt.

Oct. 04 2013 01:17 PM
Donald Saunders from Blowing Rock, NC

Nice to hear you originating in Charlotte. I wanted to clarify that the Blue Ridge Parkway itself IS open the entire way, people can drive on it as normal. Many of the campgrounds, park accesses, special displays, etc., are gated and closed but people who want to see the leaves change, etc., can still drive it, they will just have to adapt to the closures of some of the attractions.

Oct. 04 2013 09:46 AM

The House Republicans passed a bill to provide funding for the national parks during this crisis. That funding would obviate most of the issues raised in this story.

The problem is that Senate Democrats and the Democratic President won't allow it. And so problems related to the National Parks persist.

How did you manage to avoid that fact in this story?

Oct. 04 2013 09:21 AM

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