8 GREAT WAYS to Support Local Businesses Impacted by the Pandemic
1. Order food from restaurants, whether take-out or delivery
With dining rooms closed due to coronavirus concerns, restaurants have to resort to curbside ordering and/or delivery. Please consider supporting your favorite local restaurant that may be struggling to regain its customers. And when doing so, remember to tip employees well. For menu options & hours: UPDATES
2. Buy gift cards
Gift cards make great gifts for friends, family or even for yourself. You can spend those gift cards once the pandemic subsides and when it is safe to shop in person again.
3. Send a review
Small business supporters are reviewing websites such as Google Local Guides or Yelp and leaving a thoughtful review on their favorite restaurant or shop. This is a way for other residents in the local area to know that those businesses remain open for your service.
4. Shop with local stores online or social media
Smaller shops and boutiques are also hit hard by the pandemic. However, you can also support them. Check if the establishments have a website or social media page. Many of our local businesses also provide curbside service, purchase items online and drive to the shop to pick them up.
5. Tell them what you need
Small businesses are here for the community, no matter what. Many are having to change course as it hunkers down during the pandemic. Don’t be afraid to ask what you need, whether it be a certain wine, Easter basket or a dozen tacos.
6. Spread the word, refer a friend
It doesn’t hurt to show some love to your favorite business on your social media page.Tagging the company and providing a link gives them value from the post, brings their brand attention to an audience they may not have reached otherwise, and gives them a well-deserved confidence boost in the process.
7. Keep in touch
Many businesses are solely relying on social media to get word out there. If it is on social media, don’t hesitate to “like” or “follow” its pages to get the latest updates, such as sales and specials.
8. Encourage businesses to get publicity
West Feliciana Chamber is asking local businesses to reach out to update their revised hours, ordering options, etc. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also please consider joining our local Chamber so that we can assist in promoting your business, apply online: Join Today