The potential for a federal government shut down has businesses feeling concerned and unprepared.
Board of Trade President Jim Dinegar says a federal government shutdown would have tremendous negative implications for the region's businesses and overall economy.
The trade group conducted a survey of regional businesses and found that approximately 71 percent of respondents are concerned or very concerned about a federal government shutdown, and approximately 60 percent of respondents consider themselves unprepared for a shutdown.
Dinegar says the possibility of a shutdown is already affecting the business community through cancelled contracts and postponed events. He's urging companies to act now to prepare for a possible shutdown.