Across the country, small businesses like restaurants, bars, coffee shops, barber and beauty shops, retail stores and more have been closing their doors in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. To many small businesses, this means losing the customers who keep them afloat by buying their products or services throughout the year.These small businesses are a vital part of our economy, keeping money in the local communities and increasing the value of our neighborhoods. If the coronavirus pandemic causes them to close their doors for good, the entire country will feel the impact for many months, if not years, to come. There are things you can do to help keep your favorite small businesses from closing permanently after the COVID-19 crisis is under control:
Shop local: Buy items from shops in your local community.
Shop small: consider shopping often in the shops around you. This is a great way to keep money going into the local community. NB: If possible you could also purchase gift cards for the businesses you visit most often to use later when they are officially up and running again.
Practice patience. We’re all in this together. Don’t forget that many small businesses are most likely working with a skeleton staff, so you might have to wait a little longer for your delivery to arrive or for items to become available to purchase.