Business & Industry

Business &
Industry

After a strong start to the year, both the national and local economies have experienced unprecedented volatility due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the shutdowns that were imposed on many businesses. Local unemployment rates in Bedford County stood at 5.0% in January 2020. As the impact of the pandemic shutdowns hit, unemployment rates shot up to over 18% in Bedford County in April, then fell sharply as the year progressed, with November 2020 unemployment coming in at 5.1%. The rapidly changing business pattern has reshuffled the deck and helped some businesses to thrive while placing others in peril.
<center>Kauffman Metals Inc. | <b><a href="http://www.kauffmanmetals.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Kauffman Metals Inc. | <b><a href="http://www.kauffmanmetals.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>

Bedford County community businesses have risen to the challenge, working to find new ways to serve their customers, deliver their products and support the local community. The caring that local businesses have shown toward each other and their neighbors has been inspiring. Despite the difficulty, we have/are getting through this together. The Chamber made the decision early on to share all of their information not just with members, but with all businesses, working to help everyone benefit from the latest information from local representatives, officials and agencies – helping businesses and residents navigate the ever-changing regulations, sites and programs.

While things are a long way from normal, we move closer everyday to that goal, and we continue to work to see that all of our businesses and friends are standing alongside us when we get there.

<center>PC Works Plus | <b><a href="https://www.pcworksplus.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>PC Works Plus | <b><a href="https://www.pcworksplus.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Corle Building Systems | <b><a href="http://www.corle.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Corle Building Systems | <b><a href="http://www.corle.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>REI Co-op | <b><a href="https://www.rei.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>REI Co-op | <b><a href="https://www.rei.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Creative Pultrusions | <b><a href="https://www.creativepultrusions.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Creative Pultrusions | <b><a href="https://www.creativepultrusions.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Kerex Inc. | <b><a href="tel:814-977-3943">CLICK TO CALL (814) 977-3943</a></b></center>
<center>Kerex Inc. | <b><a href="tel:814-977-3943">CLICK TO CALL (814) 977-3943</a></b></center>
<center>EADS Group | <b><a href="http://www.eadsgroup.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>EADS Group | <b><a href="http://www.eadsgroup.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Walmart | <b><a href="https://careers.walmart.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Walmart | <b><a href="https://careers.walmart.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Clark Contractors, Inc. | <b><a href="http://www.clarkcontractorinc.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Clark Contractors, Inc. | <b><a href="http://www.clarkcontractorinc.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Wessel & Company | <b><a href="https://www.wesselcpa.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Wessel & Company | <b><a href="https://www.wesselcpa.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Bedford County Development Association | <b><a href="http://www.bcda.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Bedford County Development Association | <b><a href="http://www.bcda.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>SSE Systems & Structural Engineering, Inc. | <b><a href="http://sse-1.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>SSE Systems & Structural Engineering, Inc. | <b><a href="http://sse-1.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Structural Fiberglass, Inc. | <b><a href="http://www.structuralfiberglass.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Structural Fiberglass, Inc. | <b><a href="http://www.structuralfiberglass.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>

Today’s local industry leaders are involved in distribution, warehousing, mining, construction, and fabrication. Many of Bedford County’s largest employers are household names; Walmart has a distribution center here, as does REI, and JLG operates a facility here, as well as several of their suppliers.

<center>RWR Insurance | <b><a href="https://rwrinsurance.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Platt & Son Inc. | <b><a href="http://www.plattandson.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>RWR Insurance | <b><a href="https://rwrinsurance.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Platt & Son Inc. | <b><a href="http://www.plattandson.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Centre Publications | <b><a href="https://centrepublications.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>

People considering starting a new business will find Bedford County small-business friendly. Affordable rent, a low-cost of living, and manageable wages make it easier for small businesses to find success here. Office spaces are available in a number of communities. The Chamber has taken a leadership role in encouraging new startups. Their Russell House location is becoming a new, downtown hub of entrepreneurship, providing space and services to help launch new businesses.

To learn more about becoming a part of our business community, please contact us at the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce at
814-623-2233. We are eager to have you as our newest member.