Ways to Help Small Businesses During the COVID-19 Crisis

Date: March 19, 2020

 
Small businesses are feeling the impact as everyone practices social distancing.
 
School’s out, ball games and concerts are canceled, people are being encouraged to work from home if they can, some stores and offices are closed, and eating out is off-limits. 
 
Some employers have already begun to furlough workers. Congress just passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a bill meant to assist workers affected by the outbreak, but NFIB President Brad Close says it could have unintended consequences on employers.
 
“Small business owners need relief now, and we look forward to continuing to work with Congress and the administration in this next phase to find a workable solution moving forward,” he says. 
 
In the meantime, there are some simple ways everyone can help lessen the impact the novel coronavirus is taking on small business owners and employees:
 
   • Order food. Grocery stores might be sold out of fresh chicken and hamburger, but restaurants, by and large, are pretty well stocked. And while dining rooms are closed, many eateries are still making deliveries or letting people pick up meals.
   • Tip workers a little extra, if you can. Food servers and delivery drivers depend on tips, and with business down, they’re not making as much money as they did a couple of weeks ago.
   • Shop online. You might not be able to go shopping, but lots of local retailers have their own websites and will let you order online.
   • Buy gift cards and certificates to local businesses. Order them now online or by phone and use them later.
 
To keep up with the latest developments affecting small businesses, visit www.NFIB.com.

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