It’s always good to support small local businesses, and they especially need it right now.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many small businesses being forced to work in reduced capacity or shut down entirely, the local economy has taken a big hit — and the city is asking for the public’s help in these hard times.
Team Burlington (consisting of members from the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Economic Development, Burlington Downtown Business Association, Aldershot Village BIA and Tourism Burlington) is encouraging residents to support small businesses as much as they can during this pandemic.
They’ve offered a list of seven suggestions on how to do so:
- Many businesses sourcing product domestically due to pandemic
- Amazon becoming popular shopping choice for Canadians this holiday season
- Burlington grant program will help 59 businesses
- Shop online from small businesses: even though their doors may be closed, many businesses are still offering online sales and incentives with no-contact shipping/delivery.
- Order take-out or delivery: show your support to restaurants/eateries that are still offering take-away options by ordering at home.
- Purchase a gift card for future use: you may have to wait to use it but it provides cash to the business now when they need it most.
- Submit a positive review online for your favourite business.
- Connect online by following a few more local businesses and commenting on their posts.
- Attend an online fitness workout: many fitness providers are offering classes from home virtually.
- Support a local not-for-profit/charity: to the extent that you are able, please donate directly to local not-for-profits and charities to ensure that critical support continues to be available to those most vulnerable in our community.
“Small businesses are an essential part of our community,” the city said in a recent statement. “They are risk-takers by nature; many are family owned and many are residents of the community where their business is located. They are the entrepreneurs that hire our children, sponsor our teams, donate for our events – they are our neighbours.”
Fittingly, this past Sunday was Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, a day to recognize small businesses and the value they provide to their communities.
How have you supported small businesses recently?