COVID-19's Impact on Business
1. Industry Specific News & Reports
1. Track down "who cares?" about the industry
- Are there industry associations? (Google industry name + association + site:.org to find them. Example: restaurant association site:.org)
- Are their government regulators? (For restaurants, think of the local Public Health agency or the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). You can Google industry name + government regulators to find some quickly.)
- Once you find these organizations, look on their websites for sections called News, Reports, Resources, Education, etc. Some of these resources will only be available to members of the trade/industry association, but many will be available for free.
2. Do some advanced Google searching. Examples:
- restaurant association covid-19 site:.org
- This search returns news and reports from a variety of national and local restaurant associations on COVID-19.
- "food service" covid-19 filetype:pdf site:.gov
- This search returns results for PDFs on US government websites related to the phrase 'food service' and COVID-19.
2. Industry Databases
Just because a report or article about an industry doesn't mention coronavirus doesn't make it not helpful (many reports take a long time to create, so there will be a time lag before information on COVID-19 appears.). For instance, reading about the sports industry in IBISWorld reveals tickets, concessions, and gear at sports games are a large source of revenue. If sporting games are canceled or moved online or fewer people attend, that will have an impact.
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