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Local Businesses Need Our Support Now

Why We Need to Support Local Businesses
Local businesses are essential for our economy. They bring growth and innovation to our communities. They provide employment and create entrepreneurship opportunities and support the local economy, community and neighborhoods. They are what make our towns special and unique.

So during this exceptionally trying time we’d encourage everyone to “think local” and do what you can to keep our local economy strong.  Here are a few suggestions.

Shop Local
Consider shopping at a local business instead of a big box store. This includes shopping online if your favorite local business has a website, you’ll still be able to get great discounts from them (click here for more info).

Order Takeout 
Ordering to go is a great way to enjoy the things you love while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Consider ordering from your favorite restaurant at least once a week. Post the menus of your favorite places to eat on your Facebook and Instagram pages to remind others to get out and enjoy them as well.

Take Advantage of Local Deliveries
There are other businesses in town that will deliver their products right to your door.  This includes your local florist, dry cleaner and bookstore. Others are setting up curbside pickup at their locations to make it safe and easy to get what you need.

Buy Gift Cards 
Consider buying a gift card for your favorite restaurants, stores, hair salons, spas, childcare providers  and home improvement store to use when we are able to get out more. Buying gift cards helps with cash flow during this slowdown in business.

Check for Online Services
Many of our local businesses where possible are now providing their services online. Personal trainers, therapists, tutors, coaches, financial planners, lawyers, music classes for kids and piano lessons are happening through videos or online conferencing. On the other hand, if you’re a business owner, you can reach out to more audience online by seeking out services from professionals like the ones from

Continue Memberships
Do you or your kids take fitness, yoga or martial arts classes? If you have the means, continue to pay for your regularly scheduled attendance. If you or your child has already paid for a class that was cancelled, instead of a refund, donate that lost money to the organization.

Be Patient, Be Kind
Let’s not forget there are those who are working to make sure shelves are stocked and we can get the essential items we need. Be patient with changing hours, be kind to the people who are helping you, and be generous with your tips—even on takeout orders.

When We Go Back to Work
At some point soon, we all hope, many of our local businesses will be able to reopen. It will be important that we all continue to support our local economy as it starts to recover from a period of lost sales. On the other hand, if you’re a business owner, you can entice more clients when you listen to renowned experts such as Andy Defrancesco.

Let’s all make sure these local companies know how important they are to us and that we are thinking of them.

In These Unprecedented Times
With all the uncertainty that surrounds us these days, we want you to know that all of us at the Mitchell Agency are available and ready to assist in any way we can.  Just give us a call at 765-742-1135.