The Bodega Association USA

Korean American Small Business Service Center

SBC   Small Business Congress

 

New York City Ramon Murphy Bodegas Survey

2021 Survey of only small immigrant family owned businesses in business for over 5 years.

Survey strictly confidential with only business owners answering.

All survey answers only address prior issues to the virus crisis.

                        Final results: 479 Immigrant family owned NYC small businesses:

     1.  Is your business Immigrant family owned?    Yes 100% No_______

    2.  How many years have you been in business at your present location?

           _7 _years average.

    3.   What is the number of your employees (include family and part-time workers)?  6

    4.  Prior to the Coronavirus was your business at risk of closing (not due to retirement or health issues)?

         Yes _61%_    No __8%_    Unsure___31%__

  If yes, Please select most likely reason or reasons (You can check more than one but if you choose two or more     list  number in order of priority with 1 being the most 4 the less). * please read all before answering!!

     39%_3_ Real estate speculation in community, gentrification.

     23%_4_ Unable to compete with larger franchise stores or Enet.  

     84%_1_ Higher Rents & unreasonable lease terms.

     78%_2_ Property Tax increases

 

  5.  Prior to Corona Virus had you been forced to lay-off workers?  Yes 77%  No 23%        

  6.  Prior to Virus had you been forced to cut hours of workers or cut back some workers to part-time?   

       Yes 84%     No   16%_

   

  If yes, to either 5 or 6, Please select the most likely reason or reasons (please number in order of priority with 1     being the highest 4 less)  Read all before answering!! 

     27%__3_ Real estate speculation in community, gentrification.

     19%__4_ Unable to compete with larger franchise stores or Enet.  

     78%__1_ Higher Rents & unreasonable lease terms.

     71%__2_ Property Tax increases

 

  7.  Prior to the Virus did you have any plans to expand your business or make major capital improvements? 

      Yes 9%__No 91%____

 

  8. Do you feel the people in NYC government who are responsible to recommend small business economic policy      or the agency to help small businesses understands immigrant owned small businesses?     Yes 8%   No 92%   

 

  9. At any time during the commercial lease renewal process, has the landlord or acting agent demanded from you      money as a condition to begin the negotiation of your lease renewal?  Yes 48%__  No 52%___

 

  10. At any time during the commercial lease renewal process, has the landlord or acting agent threatened to     force  you out of business unless you give him “cash”?  Yes 57%__ No 43%___

 

  11. If Yes, did you give your landlord or his agent “cash”  Yes 41%__ No 59%___

 

  12. From your experience with lease renewals, do you feel you have no rights during the lease renewal process?

    Yes 93%_  No _7%_

 

  13. Do you feel without any rights for the tenants during the lease renewal process you cannot negotiate fair     lease terms?   Yes 91%  No 9%____

 

  14. Is the present length of your lease adequate for growth and job creation?     Yes_14%____ No 86%_____     what is your present length of lease _2_years average.

 

   15. What length of lease would give your business the best opportunity to   grow and create jobs?          _8_____  YEARS.

 

   16. Did you receive the length of lease you asked your landlord for? 

             Yes_7%_           No_93%__

 

   17. Since owning your business have you received any help or services from  NYC Small  Business  Services? 

         Yes _11%__ No__89%___

 

   18. Can you survive in business without government intervention to give you rights when your lease expires? 

           Yes   _17%__  No__83%____

 

       19.  Have you heard of the Small Business Jobs Survival Act giving owners 10 year leases and no property         taxes?   Yes __6%____  No___94%___

 

       20.  If our government passed the Jobs Survival Act would this motivate you to remain in business and look to a   brighter future in business?  Yes_87%__ No_13%____

 

       21. Can you remain in business by continuing to pay your rent and landlord’s property taxes? 

       Yes _18%____  No__82%_____

 

       22. Did you feel you faced a crisis to survive prior to the Coronavirus crisis?

           YES__69%_______  NO___31%_______

SURVEY TAKER ______________  INITIALS ONLY    DATE ________