Support Your Community


We may still be keeping our social distance, but North Carolinians are showing up for each other in other ways. Small businesses are the heartbeat of the economy and the livelihood of our communities. Here’s how you can help them succeed while still heeding public health safety measures.


Online shopping. Go ahead, have some retail therapy! Most small businesses have shoppable websites. If not, try placing orders by phone, or buy a gift card to use in a few months.

Plan ahead. If you typically order products with local retailers later in the year — at the holidays, for example — see if you can place your orders now to give them a revenue boost.

Give back. Consider donating to nonprofits and local foundations helping those in need. What’s more, think of your favorite local spots: theaters, museums, and more. These institutions could use your donations, too.

Takeout time. Many local restaurants are offering your favorite dishes for takeout or delivery. Ordering out isn’t just a treat for you, it’s crucial for their bottom line.

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