The world right now is unfamiliar — for everyone. Stay-at-home mandates are canceling everything from major events like weddings, once-in-a-lifetime vacations, and graduation ceremonies to little things like dinners out, playdates, and birthday parties. No one has been left unaffected by COVID-19. As a state, as a country, and as a part of the world, we’re all fighting this thing together. Of course, the severity of which COVID-19 affects individuals varies. For some, the worst part about COVID-19 is that they have to stay at home to work. For others, the loss of a loved one makes COVID-19 a living nightmare. Somewhere in between those two are the people who have been laid off and have no way to support their families.
A host of healthcare companies are scrambling to find treatments that could save lives and halt the spread of COVID-19. The government has decided to pass the largest stimulus bill in U.S. history is an attempt to bolster the economy and assist those families who’ve seen a dramatic loss of income. There are a lot of wheels in motion above us but what can the everyday person do to help the situation? As a small business, we’ve felt firsthand the impact COVID-19 can have financially. For small businesses, COVID-19 can be detrimental but there are plenty of things communities can do to help the small businesses they love during these challenging times. Here are a few of the ways you can support small businesses during COVID-19:
The most obvious way is also the easiest: online shopping. Many small businesses already have an online store set up, whether it’s through their normal website or on Etsy. A few of our favorite North Carolina Etsy stores include:
If you’re looking to support local Cary businesses, try:
A lot of larger businesses are running sales right now, trying to encourage a rise in online sales that can cover the cessation of their brick-and-mortar sales. Although they’re larger stores, it’s important to remember that a lot of normal, everyday people work for those larger companies. Corporations, after all, are made up of real people who also have families and lives. Some of these businesses offering special sales right now include:
Our own patient store is offering free shipping on $25 or more!
It may take a little while, but COVID-19 will eventually be a thing of the past. When that time comes, you’ll need some make-up birthday, wedding, and shower gifts. Help out a small business by grabbing some gift cards so you can help support the employees who are struggling financially right now but still get the service you want (hairs, nails, etc.) later on.
A few local Cary businesses you can buy gift cards from include:
Supporting a small business on social media is an easy way to help organically spread a business’ reach. The more people who know about the business, the better the chance they have to come out of this pandemic with the ability to reopen their doors. Consider following or liking:
This is another fun and free way to keep small businesses on the map during the COVID-19 shutdown. Our office has been offering free online business courses for other dentists on how to keep their practice afloat through Stanley Institue. We’re also planning some informational webinars with the doctors so people can learn more about different procedures without having to come into our office.
A few of the local webinars our team has been keeping up with from home include:
Tired of cooking? Being stuck in quarantine can quickly make you hate your kitchen. Luckily, a ton of restaurants that used to be dine-in only, have started offering curbside take-out or delivery. No matter what mood you’re in, there’s a local Cary restaurant that’ll cure your cravings! Here are some of our top picks: