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Weeks of Snow Storms Hurting Business Productivity

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - As another winter storm looms in Delmarva's future, weeks of bad weather is starting to impact productivity at local businesses.

It's the busy season for Dover-based accounting and consulting firm Faw Casson and Company.

"We work with businesses all year round. But everybody needs us from January to April," said Lisa Hastings, managing partner at the firm.

This busy season has also been a snowy season so far.

"We tell people to be safe. If you can't get out, stay home. If you want to come in, come in," Hastings said. "They can continue to work from home. But we are only able to do as much as our clients can get us."

She adds it can be hard to be productive from home.

"The last snow day, when I didn't come in - I had to work 12 hours to post 9 of productive time. Here, my time is all productive, because I'm set up at work. Everything I need is right here."

Judy Diogo, executive director of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, says all sorts of businesses have felt the effects of these snow days.

"Our retail sector is getting hit. They're closing. Some of the production facilities are running fewer shifts. So, that's going to hurt people with their paychecks. And it hurts production of what their producing in a week."

Diogo says it could take time for the local economy to feel the full impact of less money in workers' paychecks.

Hastings says her firm has been able to manage through January's storms. But the overall workload starts to increase in February.

"I think this next storm, here in February, could be a problem," she said.

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