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December 8, 2021

Five Ways to Support Local Businesses

The largest employer in the country? Small businesses. (Cumulatively, of course!) From the jobs they create to the irreplaceable services they provide, small businesses are essential to the fabric of our communities. We all want to help keep our local businesses afloat, especially in tough economic times. Here are five ways to support local businesses:

1. Eat your favorite foods.

The restaurant industry has been particularly hard-hit by the pandemic. Think about ordering lunch or dinner a few days this week from a new restaurant — get a break from cooking with the added bonus of supporting a local business! If you’re comfortable dining indoors, try a new spot on your next night out. If you prefer to eat at home, put in an online or call-ahead to-go order. Many restaurants and retailers are now offering their products via delivery apps, too!

2. Tip service workers generously.

If the option to tip someone is available, consider going above and beyond. Whether you’re swinging through curbside pickup, having a meal delivered to your door or dining in-person at your favorite place, be generous with your tip to show appreciation and say an extra thank you.

3. Try something new.

Every year, new places open up all around town. Do some exploring in your area to discover a few local spots to try out. Maybe that’s a new coffee shop, pizza joint or escape room! Make this weekend fun by patronizing a local business.

4. Shop local for gifts.

Is it time to buy a gift for a birthday, holiday or other special occasion? Look no further than the local businesses in your community! There are lots of small businesses with products or services that make wonderful gifts, like wineries, candlemakers, artists, restaurants, nail salons and more. You’ll be giving double the joy when you shop local for gifts, because you’ll be supporting a small business too! Can’t go in person? Check out the websites of your favorite local spots to make a purchase online.

5. Leave a positive review.

Not everyone will have the financial means to participate in all of the above measures, and that’s okay. You can still support your local businesses, even indirectly. Consider leaving a positive review for businesses you’ve had past positive interactions with or sharing their contact information with friends and family on your social pages. Positive word-of-mouth and recommendations can go a long way. Have a poor experience somewhere? Think about communicating your feedback with the business owner directly to give them a chance to make it right, rather than leaving a negative online review right away.

When you shop local, you’re supporting a member of the community and everyone they employ, plus keeping more of your dollars in the local economy. It’s a win all around! Looking for more ways to give back to your community on a budget? Read more.

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