Keep supporting your local businesses

Olivia Osterbrink, Opinion Writer

The existence of COVID-19 has created an existential crisis for the lives of all globally, in more ways than one. Focusing locally, many businesses are in a difficult time period, and are struggling to meet ends.

The importance of locally owned businesses tends to go unrecognized. Supporting local businesses comes to be important for those living in individual communities, as it enhances the local economy.

Small businesses provide opportunities for entrepreneurs, creates jobs for those not employed by large businesses and it brains innovation along with growth of the community.

Moreover, when compared to national chains, products and services are created to meet community needs.

Due to COVID-19, many businesses have had to make many changes to their operation system, in order to follow social distancing protocol. With that being said, some have also been obligated to temporarily or permanently shut down.

While we are in an unprecedented time of our lives, it is so important to support each other, and I can’t think of a better way to benefit all than by following some of the ways you can help your friends and neighbors who own local businesses, while still following safety protocols.

Listed below are some of the ways to support, if you’re able to during these times:

1. Online shopping
While online shopping, take the time to check out if one of your local stores has an online website. If so, before buying from a chain store, see if they have the products you’re looking for and consider buying from them instead.

2. Tipping well
If ordering or picking up takeout, tipping the crew members well shows an act of kindness and recognizes appreciation.

3. Leaving reviews
If you can think of a time or recently have come across one of your local businesses where you had a good experience, one of the easiest ways you can support them is by leaving a nice review of your experience on their company website.

4. Interact through social media
Follow, like and share your favorite local businesses social media content. By doing this, you’re helping them get their name and brand shown by new people and potential customers.

5. Stay home
It can’t be stressed enough, if you’re feeling unwell, having COVID-19 symptoms, or have come in contact, it is important to take care of yourself and the others around you by staying home. You’re helping small businesses by protecting employees from getting sick and running short staffed.