Business experts available for stories on COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate the news, Augusta University’s experts are available to share timely, informative interviews on issues ranging from health care to the economy. Below are a few of the business news topics to consider for your upcoming stories on the coronavirus.

Survival tips for hospitality industry

From restaurants shutting down to hotels closing their doors temporarily, the hospitality industry was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many small businesses in Georgia and South Carolina are reopening, many hoteliers and restaurateurs are looking for ways to overcome the difficulties brought on by the coronavirus. Schedule an interview with Dr. Marsha Loda, an associate professor in the James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta University, to get tips on how the hospitality industry can find a way through the crisis.

Managing your team remotely

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the business landscape, with more businesses encouraging their employees to work from home. However, working remotely gives way to more distractions and that can lead to a drop in productivity. Set up a time to speak with Melissa Furman, a lecturer of management in the James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta University, for tips on keeping your team productive while they are working from home.

Smart money moves during COVID-19 crisis

Although Congress has distributed a $2 trillion package to boost the economy, many Americans are still feeling anxious as jobs are lost and hours are cut. To help ease financial frustrations, Dr. Wendy Habegger, a lecturer of finance in the James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta University, is available to offer advice to help you make the right money moves during the COVID-19 outbreak.

What is your risk appetite? 

As more states begin to relax their shelter-in-place restrictions, many individuals are still finding a comfort level on returning to their normal routines. How do you make that choice? Schedule an interview with Roger Duke, a project management professional and lecturer in the James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta University, to learn how to address risk appetite and win consensus with your family and friends on when you believe it is “safe” again.

Teleconferencing and phone interview opportunities are available for these story ideas. Call 706-522-3023 to schedule an interview on any of these topics. Also, check out the Augusta University Expert Center to view a complete list of our experts.


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Danielle Harris

Danielle Harris is Senior Media Relations Coordinator at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-7511 or

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