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How to Help Small Businesses During the COVID Pandemic (and Beyond)
Published October 28, 2020 by Jc Drobac
The numbers of small-business closures since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early March is staggering. Each month sees more businesses permanently close their doors. Even the business that have managed to keep their doors open are hurting, many uncertain how long they can remain open.
Read on to learn helpful ways you can help keep small businesses alive. Help them get through this "new normal" and build back stronger than before.
1. Shop small grocery stores and co-ops
Shop at smaller, local grocery stores and co-ops instead of only at big chains. Support local farmers by buying CSAs (community supported agriculture) kits, which are often available through your favorite co-ops).
2. Stay involved via email
Sign up for various small businesses' newsletters to keep apprised of business updates, changing hours, sales and more.
3. Buy gift certificates
Buy gift certificates from small business for friends and family, and encourage them to buy gift certificates, too!
4. Get your favorite takeout
5. Support small online, too
6. Give a social media shout-out
7. Opt for small retailers first
8. Show appreciation with a tip
9. Be patient
On behalf of small-business owners everywhere, we appreciate your support—thank you! 😊