Business After War

The U.S. economy has struggled the last year and a half to get back on track after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now an assessment is underway to determine the effects of those major events on local businesses.

The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is taking the lead in that survey. The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers have had an effect on the economy, and as a result, hundreds of folks in our area have been laid off from work.

Kim Williams owns Marpan supplies. He provides garbage cans to companies. He says post 9/11, some of his customers have not been able to keep their businesses afloat.

"We have noticed the number of people going out of business equates to or is larger than the number of people starting a business, which means that there is no growth," says Williams.

To help companies recover and prosper, the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is launching a survey on the web to assess the effects of war and terrorism on regional business.

The hope is the information will help community leaders better assist businesses in the north Florida area.

"Those individuals will have a chance to take a look at these results and study the needs of these companies and what we can do to help satisfy the effects the war on terrorism is having on the community," says Beth Kirkland of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.

The Big Bend Workforce estimates more than 100 people are now unemployed and believe the effects of the war played a big part.

Within the last few months, several private companies like Healthplan Southeast, Watkins Engineering, West Telemarketing and Chromoloy have closed shop or downsized in the Tallahassee area.

The Chamber is encouraging all businesses in Tallahassee, Gadsden and Wakulla to log on and take part in the survey.

The website is