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Written by Adam Miller
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How To Support Local Businesses Responsibly

As more states and cities begin to relax stay-at-home orders and allow more businesses to reopen, Americans are now trying to figure out how best to navigate new ways of shopping, dining out, and entertainment in light of new safety measures. In the meantime, businesses are rehiring and restocking so they can welcome back customers and make up for lost time and revenue. The focus of our Aegis blog post is how consumers can support their local businesses responsibly and safely, ensuring a quicker recovery and healthy future.

Think and Shop Local First

The first way to support local businesses responsibly is to change our buying mindset. Although it can be easy to simply order everything from big online retailers, it is a huge benefit to local economies and small business owners to buy local as much as possible. Buying from locally owned restaurants, bakeries, clothing stores, bookstores, and other retailers supports neighbors who have invested their lives into their businesses, and ensures that these businesses survive and don't leave behind abandoned commercial centers.

Respect Recommended Safety Guidelines

When venturing out to shop, it is important to comply with CDC recommendations regarding social distancing and wearing masks as much as possible. If a business asks that incoming customers wear masks, then consider supporting that business by doing so, as you would in wearing a shirt and shoes inside a store or restaurant.  If wearing a mask compromises your health, then consider finding new ways to shop locally to still support the local economy.

Support Restaurants Through Gift Card and Grocery Purchases

Finally, consumers can support local businesses in a variety of ways, whether they are venturing outside the home or staying in due to health concerns. For example, people can support local restaurants by ordering meals to go for delivery or curbside service, and through buying gift cards for themselves or to give as gifts. Also, many restaurants now offer groceries and pantry staples for sale to the public, which can be a great way to support local businesses.

Aegis Insurance & Financial Services is pleased to help local businesses of all sizes and industries as they begin to reopen and welcome back customers in a safe manner. We offer a wide variety of commercial insurance policies tailored to specific industries, such as restaurants, retail stores, florists, bakeries, attorneys, and more. Contact our office at 713-850-7622 for more information, or fill out our online form to request a free quote.

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