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How to Support Your Small Business Community Through Coronavirus

2 min read • Mar 27, 2020 • Zoe Weisner

By now, you’ve probably experienced the empty streets, non-existent traffic, and eerie quietness generated by the coronavirus pandemic. As the economy comes to a quick stop, thousands of small businesses are closing their doors for good, which means there has never been a better time to support local businesses. 

If you aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few different ways to lend a helping hand to your favorite businesses. 

Purchase Gift Cards 

Want to keep your local coffee shop or bookstore from drying up? Purchase a gift card. Gift cards are a great way to keep business cash flow going strong. As many non-essential businesses like gyms, salons, and pubs close down, it helps to spend a few additional dollars on gift cards in the interim. Many small businesses are now offering discounted e-gift cards and gift certificates through their websites, so don’t forget to take a browse. 

Order Online 

Ordering goods online is another conventional approach to support small businesses. As many of us continue to stay home and practice social distancing, ordering products from your local store to help you get through self-isolation is a double-win for both you and local businesses. And although many of us can no longer enjoy sit-down dining, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy restaurant food. Many restaurants now offer delivery and takeout options. 

Get Involved With Your City   

As more urban areas continue to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, some cities have created funds to support small businesses in the local area and those in marginalized communities. For example, San Francisco recently launched Give2SF, which aims to aid small businesses affected by the economic downturn and provide affected individuals with food and shelter. If you want to choose businesses to help in your area, check out crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe.

Lastly, if you have social media, make your voice heard. Tweet, send direct messages, and get in contact with your local senators and representatives. Let them know that small businesses need their support.



Zoe Weisner

Zoe Weisner is a burgeoning freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A former product marketer, Zoe writes about finance and small business-related topics. When she’s not hunched over a keyboard, she enjoys exploring the peninsula and binge-watching Korean dramas with her pint-sized poodle. She has a BA in Philosophy from Smith College.