Small businesses especially are feeling the pinch of COVID-19. There are several ways you can continue to support local businesses during this time. Above all, be mindful that the best way you can serve your community in this pandemic if you’re feeling sick is to stay at home and avoid contact with others. However, we encourage Missourians to safely patronize local businesses and the workers they employ — here are some ideas.
- Buy gift cards to use at a later date
- E-shop locally — many small businesses have some merchandise available online
- If you’re receiving a refund for a cancelled local event, consider donating it back
- Reschedule events or appointments instead of cancelling
- Order delivery or curbside takeout from local restaurants
- Be generous with tips
- Spread the word if you’re stuck at home — go online and leave a good review for a local business
- Visit your favorite local businesses’ social media pages to check if they are sharing specific ways patrons can help support them
Local businesses can also use the hashtag #BuyMO on social media.
In addition, you can visit buymissouri.net, a statewide program highlighting Missouri businesses. This initiative was launched by Gov. Mike Parson during his time as lieutenant governor and is now led by Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe. Local business owners can sign up to be placed on the directory, and consumers can use the search feature to discover new local businesses in their county.