COVID-19 has forced a lot of businesses in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor to change expand and adapt. One study shows that 94% of downtown businesses in Baltimore were affected by the COVID-19 lockdown. Unfortunately many businesses have had to permanently close due to this virus, But other businesses have used the opportunity to adapt successfully in order to survive 2020.
In order to remain open, businesses whether retail or business-to-business have to ensure safety for their customers and employees. No one will risk doing business, purchasing, or working in an unsafe environment. Many commercial cleaning companies are not equipped to meet CDC standards and guidelines or rejected the requests, while others have purchased new equipment, increased their staff, introduced new training and maintain strict adherence to CDC requirements.
One such business is Summit Building Services (Reisterstown, MD), a Baltimore-based commercial cleaning company that has taken huge strides to help protect our community against the coronavirus by adding services like on-call germicidal disinfection. By adding this service, they have aided in keeping other Maryland businesses open by providing proper disinfection and cleaning during the pandemic. Owner Andy Mullins, had to commit early on in this pandemic to make the proper decisions to respond to an ongoing need.
Covid-19 and 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. According to BusinessInsider.com, unemployment in the United States in April alone reached it’s highest levels since the Great Depression. The pandemic was especially hard on businesses deemed as unessential. COVID-19 is forcing all business owners to analyze their strategies and see in what ways they can adapt.
Look for more updates to this story and other businesses who are adapting to change and rising to the occasion.