The Arvada Chamber and Arvada Resiliency Taskforce (ART) are committed to making sure we continue to understand and respond to business needs. Business Pulse Surveys assist us in the development of new programming and resources to help our business community thrive. 88 businesses responded to this November 2021 survey.
The top challenges currently include hiring, marketing, mental health and burnout, marketing, supply chain issues and the increased cost of goods. Based on 2021 feedback, the following resources have been added or will be coming soon:
- Introduced the Arvada Career Hub and other workforce resources through the Arvada Works program
- Expansion of a Jefferson Center partnership to help address mental health concerns
- Updates and expansions to the following directories: Arvada Chamber Business Directory, Arvada Dining Guide, Arvada Fitness Directory, and Arvada Non-Profit Directory
- Hosted the 2021 Arvada Business Summit: Safe. Strong. Connected which brought over 125 business leaders together to learn how to make their business and our community the safest in Colorado
November 2021 Business Challenges
Once again, “Finding Skilled Employees” is the top challenge for businesses in Arvada. Hiring as the top challenge actually increased slightly from Q2 to November. Notably, “Employee Mental Health and Burnout” jumped from the number 4 challenge to number 2. Supply Chain Issues (#3), Retaining Employees (#5), and Cost of Goods Increasing (#6) are new additions to the top ten challenges.
Prior to the new health order mandating masks, we asked businesses about their testing requirements in order to determine the need for additional resources and tests. 43% of businesses indicated they only require a test if symptomatic, while 27% say they require proof of vaccination or a negative test for staff. Of businesses that do require testing, over a third responded they could not easily access the number of tests required.