Big Businesses, Little People

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This multi-part documentary explores the post-pandemic changes that businesses and people are facing.

 The COVID-19 pandemic has seemingly infected every area of people’s lives. The spread of these small droplets created a massive ripple in what we knew to be normal and its effects are still being felt today. In this documentary, we highlight how, because of COVID-19, big businesses have become extremely dependent on the little people that run them, support them, and build them. Their stories comprise this documentary, “Big Businesses, Little People.”

For many individuals and businesses, the shift to remote workspaces is not temporary. Samantha Narson looks into the benefits of these changes, as remote workers learn how to maintain productivity. 

Before the pandemic, working from home seemed like a dream job. But as 2020 shifted that dream to reality, many discovered that it wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. Isabella Witkowich explores the shift of operating costs from businesses to employees as a long-term result of the pandemic.

Now that work can be remote, so can where you do it from. Isabella Witkowich looks into how the shift to permanent remote work has opened things up for rural communities.

The pandemic didn’t just change businesses, it helped launch a few too. But now that things are attempting to get back to normal, Samantha Narson wanted to find out if some of these businesses will stick around.

Jake and his new mask. (Photo courtesy of Silvia Vanni, Mystic Force Foundation and Heroes Hangout)

As we emerge from pandemic related restrictions, that has more people on the go, but as Gabriella Mercurio discovered, the auto industry may not have the supply to meet that growing demand.

Vemo Auto Auctions in Gainesville. (Gabriella Mercurio/WUFT News)

The supply chain for the auto industry is not the only area of concern coming out of the pandemic. As students look to return to the University of Florida’s campus in Gainesville in the fall, Gabriella Mercurio asked people in the scooter industry if they had the supply to meet the usual demand.

Affordable Scooter Repair’s manager and mechanic Robert Abrams. (Gabriella Mercurio/WUFT News)
Owner and Manager of New Scooters 4 Less, Collin Austin (on far right). (Gabriella Mercurio/WUFT News)

The spread of the coronavirus spurred a change unlike anything the business world has seen in the past century – one where every worker, industry, field and community felt its ripple. And it may not be done changing as cases rise and variants spread.

About Samantha Narson

Samantha is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing

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