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Support your favorite small businesses to help ease impact of the coronavirus

March 24, 2020 | Small business
Support your favorite small businesses to help ease impact of the coronavirus, CDC Small Business

Small business is a mainstay in our economy, but aside from the numbers, these shops, eateries and offices make up the fabric of our communities. 

One of the many challenges facing us due to the coronavirus is the change to our routines, whether visiting the gym, or shopping at a boutique, seeing a movie or going out to dine and drink with friends.

In many cases, those places where we meet are small businesses. And the members of the community who own them need your help.

We know we are stronger together, and because of that we encourage you to be a source of support during this unprecedented time. Together, we can truly make a difference to help save small businesses and the jobs they create. 

Fortunately, there are surprisingly simple ways to help. Better yet, most absolutely can be done from home. From ordering takeout or delivery to making small donations to benefit workers, here’s how:

 

Top tips

  • Shop locally online. Watch for shops that remain open, but don’t forget online operations too. Even with stay-at-home orders in place, many of your favorite local spots have an online presence. Those sales will be crucial to stay afloat.
  • Be consistent. Commit to doing one small thing for a favored small business each week, whether it’s a purchase or a shout-out.
  • Buy a gift card. You may not be able to shop now, but having cash coming in from these sales helps out and is a promise that you’ll continue to be a customer later.
  • Postpone, don’t cancel appointments if possible. It’s a commitment that you’ll be back.
  • Order take-out. Many restaurants are open for curbside pick-up or delivery. Some popular delivery services also have reduced their fees to encourage customers to continue ordering out.
  • Buy merch. Businesses that have lost traditional foot traffic often have tees, caps or other branded items for sale online. 
  • Tip generously. Tips are even more important right now for small business workers who might have lost hours as in-house service shut down.
  • Stay up-to-date on social media. Watch for updates and inspiring posts from a business. Owners might be thinking of unique ways to serve you so keep in touch via Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn etc. And share – it’s good exposure for them.
  • Write a review. Now more than ever a review about customer service will make a difference as businesses keep on providing great care, even during the crisis. 
  • Send a donation for employees who’ve already been displaced. The United Way and the USBG National Charity Foundation are accepting online donations to tide over workers until they can get back on the job. Use the United Way’s search tool to find your local fund.

Together we support small businesses

Let’s join together and be there for small businesses. Our communities would not be the same without them. With our continued support, business owners will be able to hold on until we make it through this current challenge.

Click for Top Tips for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

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