In recognition of Small Business Week, we've compiled some ideas about ways you can support our local businesses here in Kelowna!
PICKUP, ORDER IN OR USE A DRIVE-THRU
Many Kelowna restaurants are facing significant challenges having had to close their restaurants, but you can help! Please consider picking up an order, getting a meal delivered, or use a drive-thru. Every order helps, you can make a difference!
BUY GIFT CERTIFICATES
Purchase gift cards or certificates from Kelowna area businesses. Your investment could make a major difference. Most Kelowna businesses that interact with the public have this option and would be happy to help in any way possible. Again, we need you!
SCHEDULE A SERVICE FOR LATER
Have a service that you would normally do this time of year or month or week? How about calling the business and scheduling it for some time later? During these difficult economic times knowing that there is business down the road could mean the difference between shutting down the business and staying open.
SUPPORT KELOWNA BUSINESSES ONLINE
Most businesses have an online presence, and some have e-commerce capabilities. We encourage you to conduct business with people within our community. Some businesses will offer delivery, and some will offer pickup. Rather than using an international online site, please consider a local option.
SKIP THE REFUND
Most of us have had events or some type of activity cancelled due to the virus. In some cases, you may want to consider not requesting a refund and instead accepting a rain check or forgoing the refund. Not everyone can do this, but if you can it will be appreciated.
KEEP PAYING MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP FEES
Many service businesses are being extremely hard hit, but you can help. Keep paying your gym membership, for your music lessons, art lessons, and the list goes on. If you can afford to do so it will be appreciated by these businesses.
THANK A BUSINESS
Many, many businesses give back to our community and have for years. Please take a little big of time and show some love for some of your favourite businesses. You can do so by supporting them with some online tags or through their website, or on social media.
TIP LIKE YOU'RE REWARDING A FAMILY MEMBER
Tips are the lifeline for many who work in the service industry. Now more than ever tips will be greatly appreciated. If you can afford to tip, tip like you are related to the service provider!
SUPPORT A BUSINESS BY PHONE
Yes, it is old school technology, but it works amazingly well in some cases. Call a business that you have been doing business with or would like to do business with and ask them how they can better serve you during these difficult times.
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