This has been challenging year – so many small businesses are struggling. On Black Friday and the weeks that follow, you can play your part in giving your locally owned companies a strong finish to a difficult year by shopping locally.
Many local business owners have reported the possibility of having to shut down their stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially ones that rely on continuous foot traffic and in-store shopping. Strong end-of-year sales could make the difference in convincing local owners to keep their lights on in the future.
WHY SHOP LOCAL?
When you support your local businesses, more of your money will be kept in your local economy. This means more tax dollars to fuel better roads, buildings and local services. For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community, according to a civic economics study by the Andersonville Study of Retail Economics. This is compared to $43 of the $100 staying in the community if you shop at a national chain. Keep your money local while still enjoying the thrill of Black Friday shopping by keeping an eye out for specific promotions and deals being offered by your favorite local businesses. Watch their social media feeds and look for ads in your local publications.
SHOP LOCALLY ONLINE
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have had to implement varying in-person shopping restrictions, depending on their state government’s requirements. This has nudged locally owned companies to shift their customer interactions into more of a digital and pick-up space where customers can order items online and come to the store for pickup, requiring limited interaction. Check with your favorite local business to see what kinds of limitations there may be this Black Friday, and find out how you can best support them during the holiday shopping season. With many small businesses offering contactless shopping thanks to technology and digital platforms, there’s never been an easier time to support your local companies online.
SHOP LOCAL MISSOURI BUSINESSES
Stop in have a cup of coffee, enjoy a glass of wine or buy a bottle or two, buy some flowers, shop for the holidays, buy a gift card, get fit or plan a winter weekend getaway. Here is a list of several businesses throughout the state of Missouri. Thank you for supporting these local businesses.