|The current crew at LRRD. Nine of us depend on LRRD for
The ongoing government shutdown is hurting our business and is about to hurt yours. This is not the way our democracy should work.
This GOP-engineered move against our recently re-elected President and the Supreme Court-approved Affordable Care Act is terribly irresponsible and must stop at once. Government employees aren’t allowed to work, the private sector is unable to operate normally, and a massive amount of uncertainty has been injected into the economy.
|The annual GSA meeting is our one big chance to show
our products; it’ll be a disaster if federal employees can’t
attend this year.
We are a small business of nine dedicated people in Carbondale, Illinois. A good portion of our research and education products are purchased with federal funds. Little River was already suffering from one of the worst economic slumps in US history.
Here’s how the shutdown has directly impacted LRRD in only one week:
$500,000 in open quotes hangs in the balance. Whether or not we make those sales depends directly on the sort of federal funding that is held up by the shutdown.
Our clients who depend on federal grant money – that includes universities, colleges, public schools, private schools, museums and nonprofits, to name a few – don’t know the status of their grants for FY2014. Those who applied for grants don’t know if they’ll get funding. Those who got funding can’t access it until the budget is approved.
The Illinois Office of Trade and Development awarded us money through the STEP program for a sales trip abroad. That money comes from the Small Business Administration, a federal entity, and we can’t have it until after the shutdown ends.
|Nathan finishes an Em2 box.|
Jim, Nathan, and Anna ship a river model. Many of our
models are at least in part federally funded, and many
vendors, including this truck driver, depend on our
|Our models are used worldwide for education and
research in river science, earth sciences and conservation.
|Vital research that must be done in narrow field seasons has been abandoned
or cancelled; in some cases, project are ruined. This is a huge waste of money.