5 Ways You Can Support Small

Small businesses make up 99.9% of all U.S. businesses according to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. They are drivers for local economies and customers often experience better service as they have the opportunity to create a long-term connection with the staff. Support the small businesses in your community with these five actions.

1. Order Takeout or Delivery

What beats a fabulous dinner out? Eating in your pajama best. Enjoy the flavors of your local eateries right at home by ordering in and help foodie spots stay open. Customer-tip: call the restaurant directly to put in your order to help them avoid third-party app costs.

Explore the list of Auburn restaurants offering takeout and delivery here.

2. Purchase Gift Cards

The gift that works for everyone! Gift cards are versatile, rarely expire, and give you or the receiver the freedom to use it how they like, when they like.

The city of Auburn offers Downtown Auburn Gift Cards, a city-wide gift certificate that is accepted at nearly 50 downtown locations to give you the flexibility to support multiple businesses throughout the year without having to juggle a slew of cards.

3. Shop Locally Online

Everyone is shopping online these days and small businesses have stepped up to the challenge. Explore what local spots offer products online for delivery or pickup and know your online spending is helping support the economy right outside your door.

Discover shops that have virtual access with this Tour Cayuga list.

4. Share the Love

It means the world to small businesses to hear from customers about their positive experience. Speak to your favorite local location about how much you love their products or services, write a raving review online, or make recommendations to friends and family to help spread the word.

5. Discover Something New

Small businesses are constantly popping up and you may just find your new beloved spot by exploring on foot or asking around. Push yourself to order something new, try a sustainable alternative, or surprise a loved one with something that says you’re thinking of them.

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