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A significant driver of the economy – and our communities – is reeling as much of America has been brought to a halt to fight the spread of coronavirus.
Small businesses create two thirds of net new jobs in the U.S. and account for 44 percent of the nation’s economy, according to a 2019 study from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Many businesses are vital and well-loved parts of our communities, but the restrictions due to COVID-19 have caused many to shutter or greatly reduce operations. Harder-hit local businesses may be evaluating whether they’ll be able to re-open when the restrictions are lifted.
So, how can we help during these unprecedented times?
Here are three ideas for helping local businesses during the COVID-19 crisis:
While your favorite restaurants might be closed to diners, many of them continue to offer takeout or curbside pickup options. Consider adding takeout to your dinner plans one extra night per week to help businesses make up for lost dine-in revenue.