The spread of COVID-19, and the necessitated response to it, is changing the way we live, work, and interact with local businesses.
From restaurants to art galleries, theaters to yoga studios, small businesses in our communities are already feeling the impact of “social distancing” guidelines, and likely will for several weeks – or more.
As a community-first financial services provider, Penn Community Bank knows that when local businesses succeed, communities thrive.
Here were three ways you can support local businesses in your area, right now:
- Purchase a Gift Card or Shop Online: Shopping online doesn’t mean you’re limited to just the major retailers. Many of your favorite local businesses are active online and offer a variety of products and services for purchase right on their websites. Log on and place an order for that outfit you’ve had your eye on, or the perfect gift for your next family birthday. Another option is purchasing a gift card – providing the businesses with important support in the short-term and a pre-paid treat for yourself or a loved one down the road.
- Plan a Future Trip to a Show, Gallery or Attraction: We’re blessed to have so many amazing sites to see, places to visit, and venues to enjoy in our communities. Why not use some of your time at home to plan a trip to a museum, theater, or the next-town over. Do some research and learn more about all the great businesses our region has to offer.
- Utilize Delivery or Curbside Pick-Up: Can’t make it without your favorite pizza or custom coffee? Many local businesses are offering new curbside pick-up options or partnering with delivery apps to help keep their operations open and customers happy. And, it’s not just restaurants and cafes offering these choices, either. Many boutiques, craft breweries, and more are thinking outside the box.
Bonus: Say a Message of Support: Sending a note, leaving a review, or posting on social media about your favorite local businesses is an important way to say “thank you” and recognize the importance of local businesses in our community. Take a moment to share your appreciation (and encourage others to offer their support).
When we come together as a community, anything is possible. Do your part to help local businesses survive these uncertain times – and be sure to share the message with your friends and family.