Small businesses are the lifeblood of the American economy, and because of COVID-19, they need support now more than ever. Facing new challenges and dealing with a lot of uncertainty, small businesses have had to adapt at the blink of an eye. How can we all do our part to protect ourselves, our physical health and help the economic health of small businesses and the people who rely on them to make a living? Here’s how you can support small businesses during COVID-19.
Still Open for Business
Although it might feel like businesses everywhere are temporarily closed, many businesses are still operating, just under stricter, more defined guidelines. Restaurants, for example, might not be able to seat you at a table inside, but they can still offer takeout and delivery options.
Additionally, many food delivery services offer no-contact delivery to ensure the highest level of safety. By supporting your favorite locally owned restaurants and establishments, in any capacity helps to keep them operating. They are counting on your delivery and/or takeout business to make it through this.
Also, people are online more than ever nowadays and are looking to see what businesses remain open. If you own a small business, let your customers know you’re still open by posting information and updates on social media. Provide your hours of operation, if you offer curbside pickup or special shipping options and let them know that you are committed to providing the best services for your customers.
You’re Safer in the Cloud
Things are going even more digital now. Businesses are utilizing the internet to satisfy people’s cravings for information and are taking advantage of the opportunity to better promote their brands and services. With schools, gyms, and libraries all closed for physical entry, businesses have started offering more online services in the form of classes and retail outlets have shifted to prioritizing their online platforms. In fact, many businesses are also offering special promotions and discounts to help drive business.
Take online classes, shop retail online, order essentials and enjoy activities on the different channels that small businesses are offering.
Give Back However You Can
There’s no way around it; it’s a scary time for everyone. Small business owners are facing challenges they have never dealt with before and must do everything they can to stay afloat while we all ride out the storm. Although there are government relief options, benefits and loans available, businesses are adapting to a new way of operating and looking forward to the return of some normalcy.
Donating to your favorite local businesses or non-profits in addition to being a customer can help. And it’s the little things that matter. Tipping a delivery driver, spreading the word online about a business, or if you have the means, donating funds to a business not only supports the establishment itself, but the people employed by them as well.
Below are a few resources that are providing assistance for small businesses:
- The Coronavirus Small Business Guide by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program.
- A Small Business Relief Fund Tracker.
FreightCenter Supports Small Businesses
As a small business ourselves, it’s important that supply chains everywhere are running as smooth as possible especially in times like this. Products and goods need to find their way to store shelves and people’s homes, and that’s where we come in.
We can help you and your small business find the shipping solutions you need to continue moving. Our focus is to keep our shippers updated and provide the resources and tools necessary to navigate COVID-19.