And, even though there is help through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program, local residents — as well as visitors to areas — can support small businesses in various ways.
Inc. magazine in March offered these still-relevant ideas:
1. Order takeout and/or delivery if it is a restaurant.
2. If a retailer is not fully open or has a customer limit, check out the retailer’s website to learn if it is selling items online. Many small local stores will personally deliver or offer a drive-up pickup time so that there is no cost to ship.
3. Purchase gift cards. Even if a business is not fully functioning, or if the receiver does not want to patronize a business right away, a gift card purchase still provides immediate monies to a business. And gift cards can typically be acquired not only for food and retail items, but services as well. Also, gift cards can be acquired now and saved to get a jump-start on holiday giving or upcoming birthdays and other momentous occasions.
4. Sign up for a future class or purchase a membership.
5. Call a store and ask how to help — and then spread the word to others in the community.
6. Tip extra — and pay extra, if possible.
7. Purchase a season pass to a zoo, museum, historic house, waterpark, etc. Even if not currently open, the business may allow the season to begin at a later date.
Even though shopping local can sometimes be more expensive, asserted Tour De Cincinnati: ”… it is a small price to pay to help to build a better local economy …”