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4 Ways You Can Be There for Small Businesses

COVID-19 continues to affect many within our communities. Some of the hardest hit are small businesses.

As the backbone of our communities, they provide essential jobs to many and offer products and services often not found elsewhere. By supporting them, you’re not only helping a family put food on the table, but you are also assisting the economic growth of our local communities.
If your job or finances have not been significantly affected by the current circumstances, consider supporting local small businesses within your community. There are many ways to offer this support while also following social distancing guidelines.

1) Take Advantage of Curbside, Takeout, and Delivery Options
As a result of health concerns, local restaurants completely changed their processes for curbside and takeout. Many offer delivery options, making it easier than ever to enjoy your favorite places. Plus, it’s common to find impressive deals, such as BOGO (buy one get one free or half off) offers, complimentary appetizers, family meal deals, and other discounts. If you are financially able, don’t forget to tip generously during this time.

2) Consider Purchasing Gifts Cards from Local Businesses
Even though the way we celebrate has changed, graduations, birthdays, retirements, and weddings are still taking place, often on a much smaller scale. Right now, shopping for gifts may be limited due to store closures and stay-at-home orders. Instead, consider purchasing a gift card from one of your local small businesses. Many times, you can easily buy these online or call the company, and they will take payment over the phone and mail the gift card directly to you. Instead of asking for a refund, ask for store credit or a gift card.
This is a great way to support your local businesses with necessary sales during trying times. Even if you don’t have any upcoming celebrations, consider getting a head start on your holiday shopping.

3)  Keep Services If You're Able To
Many businesses, such as lawn care and pest control services, are still able to operate in most states. If you have contracts with similar companies and can afford to keep their services, please consider doing so. Not only are you continuing to keep your home maintained, but you are helping those who may be struggling right now.

4) Tell Others About Great Experiences
Sharing your experiences with others on social media helps to promote local businesses in general. Make an effort to follow and share posts of small businesses that you support. However, it also reminds people that these businesses are continuing to operate and an option for them. Word of mouth advertising spreads like a wildfire and can accomplish great things for the companies in your community.
Also, let others know when you score great deals at your favorite local businesses and be sure to write favorable reviews for local companies you enjoy. These goodwill gestures might make the difference for many small businesses that allow them to remain afloat while waiting for the pandemic to end.

We’re in this Together!
Our communities benefit significantly from the success of our local small businesses. From the valuable products and services they provide to the generous employment opportunities available, these organizations are crucial to our local economies.

Let us come together and support those who give so much to our local communities every day.

Each individual’s financial situation is unique and readers are encouraged to contact the Credit Union when seeking financial advice on the products and services discussed. This article is for educational purposes only; the authors assume no legal responsibility for the completeness or accuracy of the contents.