The current virus crisis has been hard on small businesses - many have closed their doors permanently.
I think this could be similar around the world - even more so in more remote regions - not just the U.S.
Though dedicated community members are getting incredibly creative in finding ways to support their trusted, favorite, local businesses, farms, vendors, creators, and service providers.
Think about it, do you only want big box or generic chain businesses left after all this (or a major flood, or a fire, or whatever) blows over?
From discussions in other places, these were some ideas on how to help.
Voting with your dollars:
musicians or performers who have cancelled concerts - buy their album, CD, or DVD, or support them on Patreon
restaurants or stores / shops - order online for delivery or takeout (Doordash, instacart, etc. make this easy!)
restaurants - buy a gift card to use two months down the road
order from a local business online or by phone instead of Amazon or a big box retailer
order coffee from a local coffee roaster or local coffee shop
get produce or other foods from local growers - look for online options and/or farm stand options
buy through affiliate links of your favorite people, places, and content creators. For example, if someone has an Amazon affiliate link, you don't have to buy that thing, but if you order ANYTHING through that link, they still get a kickback at no extra cost to you!
remember to like, share, and comment on any business feeds in your social media. This helps a LOT.
create a thread on permies.com or blog about your favorite businesses
send them a card or e-mail or letter of appreciation and support
volunteer to help with something remotely, such as social media posting, or data crunching, or proof-reading new content, or....
What other ideas or examples do you have on how to support local business(es) in times of crisis?