In Chattanooga, we are fortunate to have many local businesses that make our community a wonderful place to call home.
Due to current events and restrictions, these small businesses need us, more than ever. Here are a few ways that you can support small businesses in Chattanooga while social distancing.
1. Opt for Curbside Service
Though exact guidelines vary from city to city, many areas are allowing restaurants that have had to close their dining rooms to continue to serve food and beverages to customers via drive-up windows, delivery, and curbside services. Instead of foregoing eating out entirely, continue to order meals and snacks for delivery or drive-up service (as long as it's permitted by your local COVID-19 guidelines).
2. Order Products Online
Even though in-person shopping may not be possible or recommended, it might be possible to continue to order your favorite products from small businesses online. Ask your preferred Chattanooga small business if it has a website or if it's possible to order items via its social media page. You might have the option to have your order delivered or brought out to your vehicle via curbside delivery.
3. Post a Positive Review
If you know of a small business that offers a stellar product or top-notch service, make sure that you provide online feedback for the business. Online feedback is an excellent way to support a small business because it's easily viewed by other potential customers. Customers are increasingly persuaded to shop or frequent a business when it has positive reviews. Consider leaving a review on a popular review site, like Yelp or Google Reviews, or leave a favorable review on the business's social media page. Plus, this is something you can do without leaving your couch.
4. Share Your Experience with the Business Online
In addition to providing an online review, try to share how the business is continuing to serve its customers while adhering to new rules and regulations. Did you just get takeout from your favorite local place? Take a picture and share your experience on social media. This could help get them a few extra orders!
5. Purchase a Gift Card
Maybe you don't need anything from your favorite small business, or perhaps it's had to completely stop serving customers for the time being. You can still support this small business by purchasing a gift card. The small business will receive the money it needs to stay afloat, and you'll have your gift card to use in the future once it's safe to do so. If the small business has a website, chances are they have a way to buy an e-gift card.
Not only do small businesses encourage local job growth and inspire creativity, but they're a valuable component of our nation's economy. The Chattanooga community can band together and continue to support the small businesses that help give the city its unique flavor.
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