Ways to Support Small Businesses – Even When Staying Six Feet Apart
March 16th, 2020 Washington Governor Jay Inslee, announced an emergency proclamation that mandates the immediate closure of restaurants, bars, entertainment and recreational facilities. Many of our local spots scrambled to adjust.
Why is supporting small business is important?
Global has been a part of the Spokane community for 65 years. Since our beginning, we have supported local small businesses and nonprofits. We believe the benefits of shopping local extends beyond this time of crisis; although at this moment, it is important that we work together and support our local businesses.
“Supporting our community has been a part of Global since its beginnings,” said Jack Fallis, President and CEO of Global Credit Union. “We have and always will strive to uplift our community; especially in times of need.”
Local businesses not only work to support the local economy, but they also provide jobs for many of our community members. Local businesses are a vital part of this community and now it is our time to support them.
But how do we do this?
- Coffee anyone? -- Let’s kick this list off with how many of us start our day; Caffeinated! Don’t go without your cup of liquid happiness. Hit up a local drive through café or coffee stand while staying distanced in your vehicle. Oh, and don’t forget to tip!
- Buy gift cards – Miss evenings out enjoying your favorite local dishes? We are right there with you. Support your favorite restaurants and cafes by purchasing gift cards that you can use for meals or beverages in the future. And, this works for most businesses including hair salons, retail stores and other shops affected by the order.
- Get that meal to go -- Call and order take-out directly. Some local small businesses don’t have a delivery system in place but do utilize curbside pickup as an alternative. Check online or give your favorite local stop a call to hear their options.
- Stay healthy – Sniffles? Feeling lethargic? Need to get moving? Find online coaches for support. Another option is to telemedicine with your healthcare provider. There is an abundance of healthcare businesses that are turning to technology and the internet to continue helping those in need. You can work out with a trainer virtually or have workouts created specifically for you.
- Promote -- Share your favorite local spots on your social network. If you cannot dig too deeply into your pocket, you can still support your favorite local small business. You can contact them, share your thoughts and let them know that you care; all while spreading the word about your favorite places.
Since the new orders went into effect on March 16 at midnight, businesses statewide have been forced to close their doors. But this doesn’t mean we can’t help ensure that those doors don’t stay closed.
For more information on how Global can help your small business during this challenging time, please visit: https://globalcu.org/covid-19