Don't forget to go local.
Five Ways to support small businesses.
Before our team launched Southside Craft Soda I spent many years doing marketing consulting with several organizations in the San Antonio area. Additionally, I was able to be a part of establishing an economic development non-profit on the south side of San Antonio. This experience, with my passion for food and beverage led to starting our manufacturing company.
One of the many pleasures I have in running a scrappy start-up is that I get to meet other people just as scrappy as us. Food truck owners, coffee shop proprietors, people who own bars, restaurants, retail stores and boutiques. It's a diverse cross-section of small business, hardworking people who are pursuing their dreams. Dedicated individuals taking risks and who have in many cases poured their hearts and own money in something they believe in.
During this moment of high precaution many people want to know how they can help their local business. Here are some things I compiled based on my experience. Feel free to add your own so we can share and support our communities.
ORDER TO GO OR USE ONLINE DELIVERY
In most cases you can call in an order and they'll have it ready for you. You can pick up quick and it gives you a chance to check on your favorite place. Most establishments are now connected to Uber Eats or Favor. Great ways to get things delivered.
Many local shops have online stores that make it easy for you to order and have it delivered. If they don't just give them a call. Most small businesses will accommodate you especially if it means there is a sale! Don't be shy.
STOP ON BY FOR A BIT
Social distancing is the key word. Use good judgement here. It's okay to visit your favorite spot and eat a burger or shop at the boutique. If it's not crowded, you are keeping some space and following health guidelines you should be alright. Here is a great article from the Atlantic speaking to experts about social distancing click here.
BUY LOCAL PRODUCTS AT THE GROCERY STORE OR ONLINE
This one is near and dear to us and many other local producers. There are a lot of great products being developed in communities throughout this country. Your buying of the product is the only bail out they'll get. Buy the essentials, but make an effort in buying their product. This will serve as motivation and is a great sign of support.
IF YOU KNOW A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER - CHECK ON THEM
One of the hardest, most emotionally draining things to face as a small business is uncertainty. Many times your whole life is invested into your business. More than likely, there are very little safety nets when things start sl