5 Ways to Keep Small Businesses TexasStrong
Small businesses are the driving force of our economy. They create jobs, stimulate innovation, and bring life to our communities. Tragically our local favorites have been suffering since the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on a once-thriving economy.
Small businesses rely on the support of their communities, and thankfully there is more than one way to continue to support our local business while maintaining our personal and public safety.
#1: Take advantage of curbside pickup
The size and layout of some shops makes it difficult to keep the physical store open while practicing social distancing and therefore are still only offering curbside pickup. We know you miss shopping at your favorite boutiques so take advantage of curbside pickup for now to make sure you get all your summer must haves!
#2: Order take-out or delivery
Restaurants have been hit hard by the pandemic, but in true Texas spirit they’ve rapidly adapted and enhanced take out and drive-thru options. Don’t miss out on a delicious meal because you can’t sit inside. Instead easily pickup and enjoy in the comfort of your home or even go for a refreshing picnic!
#3: Purchase gift cards
If the shops or businesses you love are shut down during this time, or if you’re just not comfortable with an in-person visit right now, consider purchasing a gift card. The business owner will make some revenue now, and you can look forward to making your purchase or booking a service when they reopen!
#4: Write reviews
Show your favorite small businesses some love by writing a Yelp or Google review, or by showing them love on social media. Online reviews often impact consumer purchasing decisions, and when you like, comment on, or share a business’ social media posts, you help spread their marketing messages. This will not cost you a dime but can lead to more revenue for the business!
#5: Consider a small business before big box stores
Have you considered whether the product you need is available from a locally owned shop? Many small local businesses also have e-commerce offerings, contactless pickup, or delivery options. Did you know when you shop at a local business instead of a big box store, approximately every dollar you spend stays in your community?!
While supporting small businesses in our community, remember to follow guidelines from the local health district, city and state government leaders, as well as the Centers for Disease Control, including frequent and thorough hand washing, and wearing a cloth face covering in areas where social distancing is not possible.
Together we can keep our small businesses TexasStrong!!