May 14, 2020 at 3:49pm | Jennifer MacLeod

Supporting small businesses is a high priority for many right now. But it isn't just the government organizations or foundations that can help. You are vitally important to helping your local businesses stay open. Just imagine what Temperance or Lambertville would look like without our local businesses! No one wants that. We all want our favorite local restaurants, book shops, barbers, and hardware stores to still be open when we're finally able to fully get back to business. 


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But with stay-at-home orders in place and many businesses closed to in-person business, what’s the best way to support small business owners in Temperance and Lambertville? Here are the top five things you can do to help local small businesses weather this storm:

Buy Gift Cards

Buying gift cards is a great way to help local businesses stay afloat during this time. It’s true that later, when you use the gift card, they won’t make additional revenue. But buying a gift card now helps them cover their expenses when no other money is coming in. Later, when they are able to reopen safely, they will have other customers paying for goods and services. If you’re not sure whether they offer gift cards, check their website and maybe give them a call. If they haven’t started offering gift cards yet, your call might get  them to start!

Spread the Word

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If you’re not able to financially support your local small business, you can sing its praises to your friends and local contacts. Post on social media, send a text, or make a phone call to let everyone know your favorite small business could use their support. Facebook and Instagram have even rolled out new features to help local businesses get more exposure. You can help by giving your friends suggestions on how they can support local small business owners and keep our community thriving. Chances are they don’t want to see these places close either, but they may not have thought about how they can help.

Order for Pick-Up or Delivery

Lots of businesses have shifted to curbside pick-up and delivery. You probably already know a few restaurants that have gone this route, but they aren’t the only ones. Book stores, flower shops, and even some hair salons are offering pick-up or delivery for lots of items. With many local shops closed, people have been buying even more from some of the large national retail outlets. But you can support local business owners by ordering directly from them for convenient pick-up or delivery. One thing to keep in mind: if you can order directly from a restaurant, instead of through a third party app like GrubHub or DoorDash, the restaurant can avoid costly commissions and fees.

Donate

Many small businesses have set up GoFundMe pages or other donation websites. It may feel strange to donate to a for-profit business, but think of the value they add to our community! If you value these local businesses and want them to still be around when things re-open, consider a small donation to help them get by until they can start making money again. 

Ask!

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If you’re not sure how to support small businesses that you’re worried about, ask them! Check their website or Facebook page to see if there’s any information about how you can support them during this time. And if there isn’t, give them a call or send an email and ask. 

Want to Know What's Happening in Temperance and Lambertville?
If you want to keep tabs on everything going on in Temperance and Lambertville, or if you own a business and want to let your neighbors and customers know what kind of help you could use, join us on the What's Happening in Temperance and Lambertville Facebook page. Staying connected to the community is our top priority and we'd love to connect with you!
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