COVID-19 has been hard on local businesses. Shut downs, stay at home orders, government restrictions and layoffs have many struggling. While this is a temporary setback for some, some businesses will never recover and have to shut their doors forever.
The government is doing what it can in terms of fiscal stimulus and relief, but that can only go so far, for so long. Ultimately, it’s up to all of us in our communities to support our local businesses.
Why Buying Local Matters
Local businesses are essential for a healthy economy. They bring innovation and growth to our communities. They also provide employment, create opportunities, and support our local economies, neighborhoods, and communities.
They also offer personal service. They often know their local customers by name, and are owned and operated by our neighbors and friends. They are what make out cities and towns unique.
As we continue to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, many are feeling financial pressure right now and are uncertain about the future. If you need to buy something, start with your local business first.
Some Tips for Supporting Local Business
Here are some other ways you can help support your local businesses:
Check for Delivery. Your local flower shop, hardware store, bookstore, or boutique may not be “open,” but they may be providing curbside pickup or delivery options. Here at hubTGI, we offer next business day delivery on all local orders over $80.
Buy Gift Cards. Buying gift cards for use later from your favourite restaurants, salons, spas, and hardware stores can help them with cash flow.
Look into Online Services. See what services are being offered online like music lessons, tutoring, yoga, personal trainers, therapy, lawyers, financial planners – all of these can be continued through video or online conferences.
Check with the Businesses you Frequently Shop With. They may have adapted their services to fit the ‘new normal’. For example, here at hubTGI we’ve expanded our supply offerings to include PPE products like masks, disinfectant and medical infrared thermometers. We’ve also expanded our services to include automated health screening and contact tracing.
Use Social Media to Share. If you learn of a unique promotion or idea from a local business, share it! Many local businesses don’t have the budget to advertise right now – help them spread the word through social media. Post menus on your social media pages to support local restaurants.
Making these changes can go a long way. They can help businesses keep employees on payroll, improve cash flow, or just connect and boost morale during these trying times!