By Cindy Brief, President/CEO Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce
We have weathered many storms; however, the COVID-19 epidemic has been an unprecedented event. Thank you to our first responders, healthcare professionals, grocers, and all essential workers. You have sacrificed so much for others and we will be forever grateful. Thriving & longstanding businesses, as well as their families and employees, have endured a lot over the past six weeks. While we can’t get that time back as a community, we can all help in some way. Here are just a few ideas:
SHOP LOCAL FIRST
Please remember that local businesses often do not have the same resources that larger chains do when it comes to financial assistance and recovering from uncertain times like these. When shopping for goods and services, look to our local businesses first.
SHOP LOCAL, ONLINE
Many retailers have websites where you can buy online. If your favorite local retailers don’t have an online store, many of our local retailers are taking orders online and you can pick up or have it delivered.
ORDER TO GO
Our local restaurants need our community support NOW!!! Many have curbside pickup, or you can use a delivery service such as Grub Hub, Uber Eats and Door Dash.
If you have an ongoing subscription or membership with our local Chamber of Commerce, your gym, consider keeping it active – even if you’re not going to show up right now. Many of these small businesses rely on that regular cash flow to keep things open.
If you are a local business owner, take this opportunity to collaborate with your business community to see how you can help one another overcome some of our current challenges. Collaborating and understanding the unique challenges of different businesses will lead to solutions that benefit everyone.
TIP A LITTLE EXTRA
If you are financially able to do so, tip a little extra to the restaurants other service industries you are patronizing. These service workers may not have the privilege of income security, and a little extra can go a long way.
BUY A GIFT CARD
Unable to shop or dine in right now? Buy a gift card from a local business to give to someone as a “thank you” or use at a later time. For those not wanting to visit in person, many businesses will mail you your gift card upon request.
The COVID-19 outbreak has already presented new community challenges for our local non-profits to address. Now is a great time to donate to the causes and organizations you care most about.
GET SOCIAL, ONLINE
Social media can play a huge role in supporting the local community. Lead by example in encouraging your online following to support local businesses. Tag your posts #OpenforBusiness and we’ll do our best to share on the Chamber’s social platforms.
To find out more about the Coral Springs, Coconut Creek
Regional Chamber of Commerce visit www.csccchamber.com