This month, the red light that’s been holding up the Arkansas economy turned yellow. Gov. Asa Hutchinson began the process of slowly reopening Arkansas business. It’s not a full-speed-ahead green light just yet, and it shouldn’t be, but it’s something. In these unprecedented times, we needed to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Many of the generational businesses we feature inside need to see that light. They’ve been around for, well, generations, and they know how to survive. But for many, COVID-19 represents a challenge the likes of which they’ve never seen. Take a look inside to see if you recognize all these family operations. This time each year, Arkansas Money & Politics will take a look at some of the state’s prominent family businesses.
Normally during this time of year, we’re all busy going to charitable events that support nonprofits and their missions. But because of our unique circumstances, maybe we could spend that time helping those charities through online support. Most, if not all, of these events have been postponed or cancelled, and since we can’t attend, AY Media Group has an idea: Start a Facebook watch party or a Zoom call with your friends to raise money for those charities through social media. Let’s turn our efforts to help others all we can.
It’s something we know Arkansans have done for as long as I can remember. We said it last month, and it bears repeating: #wearebettertogether.
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