How to Support Local Businesses Right Now

A recent survey by Veem, a global payments network, reports that more than 80% of small U.S. businesses expect longer impact as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. And with over 30 million small businesses in the U.S., it’s not unreasonable to think that now, more than ever, is a good time to support small businesses in your community. As your local small businesses start opening, here are some ways you can help right now:

Go Shopping

It’s tempting to use the convenience of the big box stores or eCommerce platforms but spending money in your community keeps that investment local. Whether you call ahead for pick up, order online, or drop in the store (with protective gear, of course), every dollar you spend at a local business will in turn be spent locally, like paying more salaries and building the local tax base.

Share on Social

Do you already shop locally and have some favorite stores? Shout it from the rooftops! Actually, it’s better if you share it with the World Wide Web. You can write reviews for products or great service on the company website or their social media pages, or you can give a shoutout on review sites like Yelp. Even liking, commenting, and sharing their social media posts will help boost their traffic and organic search.

Listen Up

Finally, and probably the best way to support local businesses is to ask! They’re probably actively offering opportunities to help – like buying gift cards to use at a later date. If you’re not already signed up for their newsletter or following them on social media, now is a great time to start so you can stay in the loop.

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