In order to get an in-depth look at how the census impacts small businesses, we sought out the opinions of two small business owners in Pullman.
Laura-Rose Gage has her own business called the Blue Circle Apothecary. She has been working with Sam’s Apothecary, and Nest Birth and Wellness.
Laura-Rose said she has been working her own business for the last four years.
“It’s one of the few ways to have our voices to be heard,” she said.
Laura-Rose is a self-proclaimed political junkie and understands that the census is constitutionally mandated.
“It’s very, very important to fill it out since it distributes federal funding,” she said.
The census is very important to Laura-Rose's business because it impacts how much funding goes back to wellness programs.
Tyson Feasel, the owner of Café Moro also agrees that his business will be impacted by the 2020 census.
Tyson understands that federal funding impacts public services that help his business.
“It made the sidewalks downtown easier to walk on,” he said, “which increases foot traffic and allows more business.”
Tyson has worked at Café Moro since 2002! He became the owner of the small coffee shop by 2011. He understands just how important census data is to small businesses.
By engaging with the community and the census, small business owners are shaping their futures.