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Supporting Small Business

5 Easy Ways to Support Small Biz #intheBerkshires

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Small businesses need us. Local shops give personality to our neighborhoods. Independent restaurants add flavor to our downtowns. Business owners create jobs and build important networks that connect the communities of our region. Collectively, they add a richness to our quality of life in the Berkshires. Now, more than ever, our business-owning community needs support that will help sustain them through today’s challenges and into a post-pandemic economy. Here are a few ways you can help. 

Order Take-out & Delivery

Whether it’s #TakeOutTuesday or delivery on any other day of the week, ordering from local restaurants is a great way to show support. Use 1Berkshire’s Restaurant List to find service near you in all areas of the county. (Share pics on social and tag us! #tasteBerkshires)

Buy a Gift Card or Shop Online

Many local businesses offer online or over-the-phone ordering, so if you’re looking for plants and tools to tackle the spring garden, or need to send a gift to mom for Mothers’ Day, shopping local is easy and accessible. If you don’t need to buy anything right now, consider purchasing gift cards for yourself or as gifts to be used at a future date. The money will help small businesses today and you can enjoy shopping in the future. Find ideas with this great list from Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. but also look to support shops all across the Berkshires.

Promote a Biz That’s Meaningful to You

We all have our favorite go-to shops, restaurants, and galleries in the Berkshires. Look for creative ways to show the local love by promoting your fave on social media with a review or sharing of posts. If your preferred biz sends out fun eblasts, why not share them with a family member or friend so they can consider shopping there, too? Businesses rely on good reviews and word-of-mouth, so take 5 minutes to show the love with a little online promotion.

Say Kind Words

If you don’t have money to spend right now or want to create a more personal connection, send a note to a local business and thank them for their service or excellent products. Owning a business is stressful in the best of times. Kind words, compliments, and encouragement can really brighten someone’s day. Send a message on Facebook, Instagram, or an email. 

Get Creative

These are only a handful of suggestions. We encourage you to think creatively about how you can support the businesses that add value to your life and community. We’re all in this together, and together we can support one another through this challenging time and into a brighter tomorrow.

Berkshire Food Co-Op. Photo by Kacey Hatch.

2020-04-23T16:21:15-04:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: News|

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