The stories keep piling up about the shutdown's slamming private business. It's clear: If you do business with a federal agency, it's highly unlikely that your invoices will be paid until the government reopens. Even having a physical "in" with Congress doesn't help.
That is the story of one business that literally serves the House of Representatives: Its caterer, which can't get access to the kitchen.
Ridgewells Catering has been operating for nearly 90 years, with clients ranging from the White House to K Street lobbyists. Perhaps its most important account is the House, whose exclusive caterer is Ridgewells subsidiary CapitalHost. The business has lost more than $200,000 so far during the shutdown.
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"We have furloughed 30 managers; 32 union employees aren't working, and I'm afraid that 20 more will probably have to lose their jobs next week as well," said Susan Lacz, Ridgewells' CEO and member of CNBC's YPO Chief Executive Network, who spoke with "Power Lunch" on Friday.
Lacz's main concern isn't her company's revenue loss but those employees who live paycheck to paycheck and now must figure out how to make ends meet during this crisis.
"I worry about what they are going to do next week to pay the gas bill, to pay the rent," she said.
Ridgewells has seen across-the-board revenue losses as governments and private companies alike forgo parties and other special events. Many business clients are government contractors dependent on federal dollars to maintain operations. Additionally, rented government venues such as the Smithsonian museums have been shuttered.