There are thousands of small businesses in varying industries that are feeling the immediate impact of COVID-19. It’s important to support them whenever possible – now, and as soon as our country and communities stabilize from the outbreak. Because the reality is that we need these local businesses to stay afloat to help keep our community strong. Small businesses provide opportunities for entrepreneurs and create meaningful jobs. They foster the local economy by keeping money close to home and supporting our neighborhoods and local organizations.
As soon as the outbreak runs its course – please consider keeping your dollars local whenever possible to help these small businesses bounce back. Because for small businesses, every dollar counts, and ultimately benefits the communities we live in.
Do you want to support local businesses RIGHT NOW?
- Consider purchasing gift certificates to your favorite shops, restaurants or businesses that rely heavily on foot traffic. Gift them to a friend (or keep for yourself!)
- Plan an event in the future. This will help the bottom line of these small businesses while they try to recover!
- When they offer it, order items from local businesses online.
- Take advantage of carryout and delivery options from local restaurants.
Ways to support local after COVID-19 has run its course:
- Shop Local (even if it costs a little more): Not only does that help a small business, but it also helps the environment by reducing the amount of packaging materials and the impact expedited shipping can have on the planet.
- Attend Community Events: A lot of planning and effort goes into community events, and they are a great way to get out and support your favorite small businesses. Local events keep money circulating in our local economy and are a great opportunity to have fun with your family while being actively involved in the community.
- Eat Local: Buy locally sourced food (at a farmers’ market or grocery store) or eat at restaurants that support our local farmers. Eating local provides higher quality food and better sustainability while reducing the carbon footprint food can have on our environment.
- Bank Local: Another way to keep your money in your community is to literally keep your money at a local community bank or credit union. Generally you will experience lower costs and receive better service, all while supporting the local economy.
- Subscribe to Your Local Paper: Local papers and magazines add value to your community by supporting local businesses through news and publicity. Such publications rely heavily on readership and advertising dollars to operate. It’s likely their advertising dollars will take a large hit from the pandemic, as their advertisers are forced to readjust marketing budgets.
Source: Madison Mom