Article by Kelly Chen

When COVID-19 struck the global food and beverage industry in March 2020, many restaurants faced various hardships due to the required closedown. Dine-in became impossible because it is not easy to keep enough social distancing. The disrupted supply chain and the quickly deteriorated economy made things even worse. However, because food and beverage are essential, this industry is gradually recovering.

Herein, thirty interviews including three follow-ups of small business owners from thirteen countries, conducted by Lockdown Economy from June 2020 to April 2021, are reviewed. Among the twenty-seven businesses interviewed, twenty were opened years before the…


Article by Deepti Sharma

A lot happened in 2020 and overwhelmingly so. Beginning with a few servings of the bygone year. A mere trending discussion topic at the start of the year, COVID 19 soon turned into a once-in-a-century full-blown pandemic. Putting 2020 in a nutshell Collins dictionary named ‘Lockdown’ WOTY (word of the year). A still distant ‘digital future’ became the inevitable reality of the present leaving everyone scrambling for a strong WiFi. Stopping for none economies hit a speed breaker putting many lives & livelihoods at stake. On a lighter note, WFH finally got promoted as legit work.


Story by Tapasya DAS

It was the onset of winter. The year had been tumultuous but the hues of Autumn seemed beautiful. It was a Sunday evening, I was at my desk and I was transcribing my first Lockdown Economy Interview assignment. At that moment, I wasn’t aware of what I had chanced upon. That one video would lead me so far and would become so much more in due course. …


The interview was transcribed and adapted into an article by Agapi Yang

Lockdown Economy: Interviews by think tank AlterContacts.org with real entrepreneurs sharing insights, challenges and successes during the COVID19 global pandemic to inspire, motivate and encourage other entrepreneurs around the world.

In this interview hosted by Karen Rickers, we meet Dr. Monique Y. Wells, the co-owner of Entrée to Black Paris, a travel service in Paris. In her second interview with Lockdown Economy, Monique describes how she had to re-design her business model due to global travel restrictions. In collaboration with experts and partners, she designed a virtual Black…


The interview was transcribed and adapted into an article by Karen Silva Davila de Sailer

Lockdown Economy es una iniciativa social internacional que ayuda a los empresarios de todo el mundo a superar la COVID-19 y así poder reactivar la economía. Se trata de una serie de entrevistas en las que empresarios de diversas partes del mundo, así como de diversos giros e industrias, nos comparten cómo les ha afectado este encierro y cuál es la situación de su mercado en la actualidad. …


The interview was transcribed and adapted into an article by Tapasya Das

Lockdown Economy: Interviews by think tank AlterContacts.org with real entrepreneurs sharing insights, challenges and successes during the COVID19 global pandemic to inspire, motivate and encourage other entrepreneurs around the world.

In this interview hosted by Michael Tierney, we meet John Durning, the owner and operator of Pizzeria Deville, a restaurant in Libertyville, Illinois. He launched his restaurant, Pizzeria Deville, in 2014. After spending much of his recent career in commercial real estate in the Chicago area market, John finally made the leap to fulfil his dream of opening…


The interview was transcribed and adapted into an article by Danielle Hormillosa

In this interview, we meet Veronica Baguio, the founder and owner of Balik Batik, a social enterprise in Liloan, Cebu. Veronica established Balik Batik due to her love for local products and drive to wear pieces made out of local fabrics. She started the business with “batik” products and later on expanded the catalogue ranging from north to south, from one ethnic group to another. The brand started right before the lockdown in Cebu so Veronica had only one week to ship out orders then. With the surge…


The interview was transcribed and adapted into an article by Tapasya Das

Lockdown Economy: Interviews by think tank AlterContacts.org with real entrepreneurs sharing insights, challenges and successes during the COVID19 global pandemic to inspire, motivate and encourage other entrepreneurs around the world.

In this interview, we meet Ellen Johannsen, the founder and chief executive of Leadership Campus GmbH, a business consulting agency based in Kiel, Northern Germany. In her follow-up interview with Lockdown Economy, Ellen describes how the pandemic continues to negatively affect her business. Customers seem reluctant to spend money on personal development and leadership training. The continuous uncertainty…


The interview was transcribed and adapted into an article by Tapasya Das

Lockdown Economy: Interviews by think tank AlterContacts.org with real entrepreneurs sharing insights, challenges and successes during the COVID19 global pandemic to inspire, motivate and encourage other entrepreneurs around the world.

In this interview, we meet Jane Bertch, the founder of La Cuisine Paris, a cooking school in Paris. In her follow-up interview with the Lockdown Economy, Jane described how she and her team developed new ideas and products that could be delivered to the customer’s doorstep as their response to the measures. In order to that, they focused…


The interview was transcribed and adapted into an article by Tapasya Das

Lockdown Economy: Interviews by think tank AlterContacts.org with real entrepreneurs sharing insights, challenges and successes during the COVID19 global pandemic to inspire, motivate and encourage other entrepreneurs around the world.

In this interview, we meet Dr. Andrew Chigos, the owner and operator of Wildwood Veterinary Clinic in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Chigos founded the Wildwood Veterinary Clinic in June of 2017, growing initially from two employees to nine today. They are a small animal general practice providing everything from preventative care to major surgeries. When the lockdown was initiated…

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