Let’s face it: running a small business is HARD work in normal times, and it is even harder when there is uncertainty in the world + the global economy. It has been SO nice to see and hear all of the shout outs of support + concern for small local businesses as we all, as a community, try and deal with the impacts and stresses from this global pandemic.
Some thoughts on how we can continue to support the local shops, restaurants, makers, organizations, musicians that might be hurting right now:
- continue to patronize local restaurants by ordering takeout or curbside pick up if you are not comfortable dining in (although many of our favorite local spots have implemented strict measures to ensure the health + safety of their staff and are ready to take your order), and maybe throw in an extra tip if you can;
- shop online with local retailers (so many of them have online stores!) or call/reach out on social media to see if you can order some items for a quick in + out pick up;
- if you do decide to support a local business by buying a gift certificate to a restaurant, a boutique, for a spa treatment or a fitness class, try and think of it as an *additional* treat in the future (keeping in mind gift certificates purchased now to replace a future purchase won’t help much in the long run);
- if you have purchased a ticket to a local event, theater production or musical performance that got canceled, consider it a donation to the hardworking organization that spent months prepping + planning for it;
- purchase a CD or download music online (or maybe grab some of their merch) from local musician who might be missing gigs;
- if an organization or business tries to move some of their offerings online like classes or workshops, consider giving it a shot, even if it is outside your comfort zone;
- reach out to your local, state + federal reps and make sure they will be taking measures to support small businesses + organizations through this time that will actually be a net positive for them (taking on more debt through loans is not necessarily the best option out there);
- when you do need to buy supplies, check the local markets, package stores + general stores first before heading to national retailers or online;
- do whatever you can to reduce the threat + spread of this illness from washing your hands to social distancing so we can make this time of uncertainty as short as possible, and get back to business!