I've survived worse than this. So will you. Just two months ago, all was well. The tourist season was in full swing. DanaTyler had just opened its 8th store, and my family and beloved old 'pooch,' Bella, were all healthy and thriving. We had our first family cruise scheduled for summer to Italy and Greece. COVID was only a thing I had my eye on in the background.Then came the news from China and Italy. People were dying, and the hospitals were overcrowded. America was not prepared for what was coming with a lack of hospital beds, masks, ventilators, and tests. We all began to prepare for the future. Within days our stores were closed, and toilet paper was the "it" item.
Our more than 50 employees were furloughed. I couldn't wrap my head around what was happening. How would my employees survive not being paid, and how would I breathe life into this business when it was all over?