As Illinois gradually begins the process of reopening after three long months of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, Premier wanted to take a break from our health insurance forum to go over a few ways to help support the small businesses who have been hit exceptionally hard by the pandemic.  

Shop at Small Businesses Whenever Applicable

Like many, we know how easy it can be to run to the local big box store the moment we need something.  If you’re looking to help support small businesses during the reopening, ask yourself, “Can I buy this locally from a small business?” It might cost you a couple dollars more, but the satisfaction of knowing that you gave a sale to a Mom and Pop store far outweighs the difference.  

Try a New Restaurant

Many restaurants have completely reconfigured their patios and parking areas to accommodate outdoor dining guidelines.  If there’s a new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try, find out if they’re seating guests outdoors and if so, make it a point to stop in for lunch or dinner.  Restaurants lost big during the lockdown, and this is a great way to help them rebound.

Tip a Little Bigger

Servers and bartenders were hit especially hard during the initial phases of the Coronavirus pandemic, and if there’s anyone who could use a little financial boost right now, it’s them.  If you can afford it, consider throwing an extra few dollars towards their tip.  Many have not worked in months, were unable to claim unemployment, and every extra bit helps.

Tell a Friend About Your Favorite Local Spot

We often assume that, simply because we know about an amazing little store or restaurant, that everyone in our social circle must, too.  It’s not always the case, and word of mouth referrals are one of the true life bloods of the small business community.  Make a habit of telling others about your favorite small businesses, or invite them to go with you on your next visit.

Give Gift Cards from Small Businesses

Family, friends and co-workers can be considerably difficult to buy gifts for, and gift cards are often the go-to.  Don’t lose sight of the fact that most, if not all, small businesses offer gift cards and gift certificates.  Before you purchase one to their favorite global retailer, consider gifting them one from a small business, restaurant or local service provider.

For more information on ways to help support local businesses, or for information on Illinois health insurance, get in touch with Premier Financial Insurance in Lisle.  We can be reached at 800-369-0287 or via email through our website’s contact page.