“I’m feeling it at the pump,” she said, noting that prices at nearby gas stations recently jumped 60 cents per gallon in just two days.
Cutting out delivery altogether isn’t an option, she says, especially at a time when tribal communities such as hers have been hit hard by the pandemic and the majority of her sales have been for sympathy purposes. So instead she’ll likely shrink her delivery area.
“My services are needed, and I have to keep that in mind when working with the community I live in and serve,” she said.
Economic pressures, including massive supply chain disruptions and high inflation, have left businesses feeling less optimistic — and have forced many to pass along rising costs to their customers, the National Federation of Independent Businesses said on Tuesday.
The lobbying group reported that its Small Business Optimism Index, which is based on a monthly survey of business owners fell 1.4 points to 95.7 in February….