Some ideas on how to support small businesses this holiday season to get the ball rolling…
Shout Out a Local Business –
- Are you a regular at a coffee shop, bar, or restaurant? Advocate for them on social!
- Do you absolutely adore the product you purchased from a local business? Snap a pic and tell them why!
- Is a business in your area offering a really killer sale? Let your friends and followers know!
Write 3 Positive Reviews on Google –
- Are you a regular at a coffee shop, bar, or restaurant? Leave ‘em a review!
- Have you had a particularly pleasant experience at a business? Leave ‘em a review!
Take a Class at a Local Studio –
We know you’ve been eyeing that ceramics class for a while now. Well here’s your excuse to take the plunge!
Small service-oriented businesses were some of the hardest hit by the pandemic. With things starting to feel a little more normal, now’s your chance to try out a boxing class, aerial yoga, perhaps a wine class, or even water aerobics!
Swap for Local: Skip Your Next Amazon Order –
A few questions to ask yourself before submitting your next Amazon order:
- Could I find a version of this at a local shop?
- Is this something I could borrow from a friend?
- Is there a better place for me to buy this – maybe a small online vendor?
These are productive questions to ask each time you consider an online purchase. And if you answered no to all of the above, you can confidently proceed with your order.
Support organizations that bring small businesses together –
Join your local co-op, visit a farmers market, visit a holiday/seasonal market, donate to a business assistance organization or incubator.
There are a few year-round farmers’ markets in Seattle, along with festive holiday markets cropping up all over town. Below are a few ideas to get you started!
Comment on a Small Business’ Social Media Post –
… we feel like you know the drill with this one.