There has never been a more important time to support local small businesses. COVID-19 has eliminated a lot of things from our normal lives, but it hasn’t impaired our ability to encourage one another throughout these times. Read on for ways you can support fellow D.C. small businesses!
1. Partner Up
If you're a small business owner yourself, think outside the box in terms of partnerships with others in the area. An easy way for small businesses to support each other is through giveaways. Post a giveaway via social media or email lists with a partner, and then have people enter through a call to action, such as liking a Facebook page or filling out a survey. Beyond giveaways, you can do an exchange of services for social media posts, re-share each other's content, or come together to support charitable causes. Overall, an authentic partnership can help expand the reach of your business while supporting others- a win-win!
2. Food For Thought
The patio at Millie's DC is back open and ready for you to come and enjoy happy hour!
As D.C. slowly starts to re-open, your support of local restaurants can move from a takeout container to a shady patio. Head out on your lunch break to a neighborhood spot, treat yourself to happy hour, or meet up with a colleague for a socially distant coffee chat. While conference rooms are still off-limits, lunch meetings are great way to gather with other professionals or coworkers. Just remember that even though it's exciting to be out and about enjoying local places as they re-open, keep CDC guidelines in mind and partake responsibly.
3. Shop Small
Getting a package right to the door with two-day shipping is tempting, but in times like these, try to shop small! Most stores have pivoted to e-commerce or are offering local delivery. Need a book? Check out independent stores like Kramerbooks, who are delivering on Postmates. A lot of stores have created new offerings that are social-distancing friendly! Check out this list of DMV area businesses for offerings- they even break it down by category so it is easy to find what you need.
(Photo from kramers.com)
At AdvantEdge Workspaces, our mission is to support small businesses in the D.C. area. We make big business amenities accessible to everyone! With a variety of both physical workspaces and virtual office space solutions, you are bound to find something that works for you.