Updated: Jun 15
Here are few simple ways that we can support our local entrepreneurial heroes, both to express our commitment to them as well as to honor the role they play in providing jobs to our friends, family and neighbors.
4 simple ways to support small businesses:
1. Shop local -- online and off
Local businesses are worried about how to make rent and payroll. Customers alone cannot cure that strain, but considering your local pharmacies, restaurants and businesses will relieve some of that stress. Check out their company’s website/social media and find out what is available to check out items from your shopping list.
2. Buy Gift Cards
Purchasing a gift card to your favorite shop, theater or restaurant is an immediate way to put cash into the business. This is a great time to buy gift cards from the local businesses you love (coffee shops, restaurants, retail. Etc.). They get their cash today and you will be able to use it later. This can help boost cash flow to businesses during this slow economic period.
3. Order in
Many independently owned restaurants and food businesses that haven't previously done so are now getting on to delivery platforms like Uber Eats, GrubHub, DoorDash or Postmates.
You might use your credit card to pay over the phone, including the tip for the delivery person, and even ask them to leave the bag of food outside your door. Some local businesses are offering free delivery during this time.
4. Tip a little more than usual
If you do go to a restaurant or bar, or when you order takeout, consider being a little extra generous on the tips for wait staff and delivery people, since their income will drop due to fewer patrons.
If you are an entrepreneur facing these hard times, please reach out to the Entrepreneurship Center as we would love to support you through multiple resources available in our community.
Support to Restaurants and Bars through pandemic: Quietly the businesses that are such a big part of our day to day lives are collectively holding their breath while they navigate their plate full of obstacles. Lowell is a beautiful and resilient community, for the last 15 years we have worked with many of the different small businesses and restaurants, either directly or putting their logos on events they sponsor throughout the year. Lets take an opportunity to be a part of their pandemic support team. Below is a collection of businesses that we had on our ervier. Get your favorite merch and support each other.