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Tips From The Clipper to Keep Our Community Strong - THE POWER OF GENEROSITY


Small businesses power our economy. They are the backbones of local communities. Let’s show them they’re not alone. Let’s use our time to rethink the kind of community we want to create by being open to change and new ways of doing our daily business.

Here are 10 ways to support our small businesses, local stores, restaurants and service providers during this unique time — without risking your health.


  1. Buy a gift card. Businesses need cash flow right now, and the easiest way to help them out is to buy some gift cards to use down the road.

  2. Get delivery. Most restaurants and shops have stepped up options like delivery or curbside pickup so you can minimize contact with humans. If you can afford it, commit to ordering in a few meals this week. All food delivery services like UberEats and DoorDash are currently waving fees.

  3. Order online. Lots of local shops keep at least some inventory available to order online.

  4. Tip like a boss. It’s a crappy time to be a waiter, delivery driver, or barista, because not only are they working fewer hours, they’re getting fewer tips. (What sick leave?) If you can afford it, make someone’s day with a massive tip.

  5. Skip the refund. If you missed a local show that you had tickets for, consider writing it off as a donation instead of asking for your money back.

  6. Keep your club and gym membership going. Needing to work off those quarantine carbs you consumed, you’ll be back at before you know it.

  7. Schedule a service for later. If you can, schedule work with a cleaner, a painter, a plumber, a contractor or a salon. Simply knowing that work is coming their way can alleviate some anxiety and make a big difference in helping them weather this difficult time.

  8. Reach out to government leaders to ask for help. To get serious about boosting local businesses through this mess, email your legislator and ask them to help small businesses.

  9. Have an attitude of gratitude. Think positive and remember this is temporary.


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