Support Small Businesses During COVID-19

by Amernesa Kelmendi

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the American economy, and during COVID-19, they need support now more than ever. Facing new challenges and dealing with uncertainty, small businesses have had to adapt in the blink of an eye. How can we all do our part to protect ourselves and our physical health and help the economic health of small businesses and those who rely on them to make a living? Here’s how you can support small businesses during COVID-19.

Still, Open for Business During COVID-19

Although it might feel like businesses everywhere are temporarily closed, many companies are still operating, just under stricter, more defined guidelines. Restaurants, for example, might not be able to seat you at a table inside, but they can still offer takeout and delivery options.

Supporting your favorite locally-owned restaurants and establishments in any capacity helps to keep them operating. Additionally, many food delivery services offer no-contact delivery to ensure the highest level of safety. They are counting on your delivery and takeout business to make it through this.

Also, people are online more than ever nowadays and are looking to see what businesses remain open. If you own a small business, let your customers know you’re still available by posting information and updates on social media. Provide your hours of operation if you offer curbside pickup or unique shipping options, and let them know that you are committed to providing the best services for your customers.

You’re Safer in the Cloud

Things are going even more digital now. Businesses are utilizing the internet to satisfy people’s cravings for information and taking advantage of the opportunity to better promote their brands and services. With schools, gyms, and libraries all closed for physical entry, businesses have started offering more online classes, and retail outlets have shifted to prioritizing their online platforms. Many companies are also offering special promotions and discounts to help drive business.

Take online classes, shop online, order essentials, and enjoy activities on small businesses’ different channels.

Give Back However You Can

There’s no way around it; it’s a scary time for everyone. Small business owners face challenges they have never dealt with before and must do everything they can to stay afloat while we ride out the storm. Although government relief options, benefits, and loans are available, businesses are adapting to a new way of operating and looking forward to the return of some normalcy.

Donating to your favorite local businesses or non-profits, in addition to being a customer, can help. Tippit’sa delivery driver, spreading the word online about a business, or, if you have the means, donating funds to a company that supports the establishment and the people employed by them. And it’s the little things that matter.

FreightCenter Supports Small Businesses Through COVID-19

As a small business, supply chains everywhere must run as smoothly as possible, especially in times like this. Products and goods need to find their way to store shelves and people’s homes, and that’s where we come from. Our team can help your small business find the shipping solutions you need to continue moving. We focus on updating our shippers and providing the resources and tools necessary to navigate COVID-19.

How can we help your small business today? Give us a shout at 800.716.7608, or go online to learn more or get a free quote.

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