By: Sharon Aron Baron
The Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber wants you to shop local.
The Chamber supports local businesses by offering a wide array of networking and educational programs as well as serving as a resource.
Members of the Chamber will enhance the credibility and visibility of their business and be included in a group of successful, friendly, and likeminded business leaders.
Coral Springs Talk has covered Chamber events for ten years and is proud they are a sponsor.
Chamber President Cindy Brief shares a few ideas of how you can support local businesses:
1. 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.
2. Shop Local, Only
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.
3. Order To-Go
Our local restaurants need our community support NOW!!! Many have reopened at 50 percent capacity, and they need you. Also, if you prefer, you can use curbside pickup.
4. Stay Subscribed
If you have an ongoing subscription or membership with our local Chamber of Commerce, your gym, consider keeping it active. Many of these small businesses rely on that regular cash flow to keep things open.
5. B2B Collaboration
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.
6. 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.
7. Buy a Gift Card
Unable to shop or dine in? Buy a gift card from a local business to give to someone as a “thank you” or use it 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 nonprofits to address. Check out the Chamber website to see a list of our nonprofit members, now is a great time to donate to the causes and organizations you care most about. Please go to the Coral Springs Community Chest for information about Give Where You Live.
9. 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 join the Chamber visit. www.csccrchamber.com
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