Neighborhood businesses are the heart of communities across Philadelphia, providing jobs and goods and services for residents. During this year’s National Small Business Week, September 22-24, 2020, join us in recognizing the critical contributions of Philadelphia’s small business owners and entrepreneurs by supporting them in various ways.

Here’s what you can do right now to support local businesses, safely:

Shop online

If you’re running low on your favorite product, try to reorder it online from a local shop instead of a big box store. Plenty of small businesses are offering products online. See if your favorite shop carries the product you need on its website. You’ll be practicing social distancing while supporting small businesses in your community.

Shop in-person

Visit neighborhood shops and stores in-person for any essential purchases, gifts, and more. Be sure to stay safe by wearing a mask and staying at least six feet away from others while inside.

Buy gift cards

If you can’t make purchases from your favorite local shops online, buy a gift card to use later, especially as more businesses reopen. The store will get the support it needs now, and you get to look forward to a shopping experience in the future. Purchase a gift card for a friend, family members, or yourself to spread your support to multiple businesses.  

Consider donating gift cards to organizations that need resources. For example, buy an art store gift card for an art teacher at your local school.

Dine outdoors

Philadelphia’s diverse restaurants not only help to power the local economy, but they also give the city’s neighborhoods their distinct character. Make sure you’re following safety precautions when dining outdoors, and always try to make a reservation. 

Order food to go 

Most restaurants across the city are offering delivery, curbside pick-up, and takeout options. Forget about cooking tonight and check in with your favorite neighborhood spot instead. You can also purchase a gift certificate to use when you’re hungry again later. Try to tip restaurant staff and delivery people generously.

Share your favorite businesses with your friends

These are financially stressful times for many of us. If you’re not able to purchase anything from your favorite shops right now, consider sharing their posts on social media or encourage your friends and family to support them if they can.

As they continue to reopen with care, small businesses in Philadelphia need your support more than ever. National Small Business Week is the perfect time to support them however possible.