As Angelina County responds with precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many local businesses are fearful of the negative economic impact that comes with social distancing. While we are all in this together and recognize that public health is a top priority for all, small businesses in our communities rely heavily on social togetherness and foot traffic to sustain operations and wages.
In an effort to support Angelina County’s entrepreneurial ecosystem at this time, here are a few ideas of how you, the consumer, can support local from the comfort of your home:
What can you, as a consumer, do to support local?
Buy A Gift Card: Purchase a gift card or certificate now and cash in on it later. This helps small businesses keep money flowing through the next 1-2 months and gives consumers a great reason to be local when it's finally time to gather collectively again.
Shop Online or Over the Phone: See something you like on Facebook or Instagram? Call and order over the phone or take advantage of the local businesses with e-commerce via websites. Order from your favorite restaurants and retailers online - have food delivered to your office or items shipped to your home. Many local businesses also have the option to pick up at the door or curb.
Leave A Review: Can't drop the cash now but still want to make sure your favorite local businesses are feeling the love? Leave a review online and make sure others know just how much our small businesses mean to our community.
Promote Social Media: Like, comment, and share posts from local small businesses. Help them increase their social media engagement so the next time they promote an event or new menu item or special sale, more folks can see it!
Subscribe: Be the first to know about special tickets on sale, new events, in-store specials, and news from your favorite local businesses by subscribing to their e-newsletter. Help them grow their following by sharing it with your friends and colleagues.
When you shop and dine local, even remotely, you invest local. One of the best ways to build a vibrant Angelina County, despite economic and social concerns, is to support the growth of our small, locally owned businesses.
For updates on how local businesses and nonprofit organizations are innovating in response to the coronavirus, follow the Chamber on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @LufkinChamber. Plus, join the "Angelina County: COVID-19 Pandemic" group to join the conversation between local businesses and the community on what they are doing during the #COVID19 Pandemic.