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Missouri businesses face new challenges upon reopening

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Now that businesses in Missouri are opening up, new challenges are arising along the way.

Northeast Missouri business owners say half of the battle was reopening, and now the other half is finding the means to stay open.

Alex Gauch, the executive chef at Mark Twain Brewing Company says their dine-in services are thriving.

"We've been about 50-percent above our average sales," said Gauch. "

It's causing issues with keeping food in supply with our distributors trying to keep up which has been a problem for them as well so its just this chain, trickling down affecting everyone."

On the other hand, Cindy Snyder, the head cook at Momma's Homestyle Cooking says they had to switch to curbside and delivery.

"It kept us afloat otherwise we'd probably have to close down for good," said Snyder.

Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce officials say the difference could be in the way they're choosing to adjust.

"Some of the things that we have noticed are the businesses that have been using technology to their advantage really are seeing an increase of customers coming. Their able to communicate…whether its through social media, through an email database they have set up."

McKenzie Disselhorst | Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce

McKenzie Disselhorst, Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, says those deciding to stir away from what was normal before are seeing the most growth now.

Disselhorst says, "I think those people have seen a better impact from reopening than some of the businesses who have failed to adopt those things."

On the other hand, Disselhorst says people are making use of unemployment benefits and says if your job position opens back up you are no longer qualified for those benefits.

Disselhorst says for businesses who are ready for their employees to come back to work, to contact the Department of Labor to get workers back on payroll instead of unemployment.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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