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    Supporting Local Businesses

    At this time, local businesses and small businesses are getting hit the most.

    More and more people are encouraging that we all help and take a stand with them. Buy locally and support them more now than ever before. Walmart and McDonald's will still be around but many of the smaller shops and restaurants are going to go under and will not be coming back. Bad times man.

    Will you be supporting local businesses more?

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    My job title literally includes "Business Consultant" so I spend every Monday to Friday answering calls and hundreds f emails from panicking small businesses, haha. It's one hell of a shitshow out there. While the Unemployed numbers are definitely inflated by people who will be allowed back to work after the pandemic is over, there is definitely going to be a huge hit to small businesses. Especially restaurants because they usually operate on very thin margins and don't have 2-3 months of rent money or mortgage payments saved up. I have been trying my best to support local businesses, but practically all small stores are flat out closed, my car needs work but no local places will answer the phone. I'm trying to get take-out from places in town every other day, but their hours are so far reduced I almost never catch them while they're open 11am - 4pm.

    The short answer to your question is yes, I'm doing everything I can for them 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday. Beyond that, I'm shopping there as much as they allow me to, given the circumstances.
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    There are a good amount of local restaurants that are doing curbside pick up, or doing special deals like BOGOs. Theres even a local pizza place (that has damn good Chicago style deep dish) offering a free roll of toilet paper. (Likely the ones they use that they want to get rid of). So we've been getting it every Friday.
    Theres also a lot more food trucks that have been popping up.

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    Not really a thing that can be done for local businesses in the UK unless they're considered essential. In terms of business, those hit the hardest seem to be the self-employed workers who could potentially infect/spread. It should go without saying that the best way to support all businesses is to stay at home until the curve is on a decline and there is an exit strategy to loosen lockdowns. I do not think that will be any time soon.

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    Having a little of "Survivors Guilt" with the plight of small businesses. As a teacher, our profession tends to be 'recession proof', but , like Hurricane Ike which hit this city hard, many of my students lost everything in the flooding while my side of town had a lot rain. Heck, we did not even lose power (We did during Hurricanes Ike and Katrina, though). Anyway, I am fortunate I have a job to 'go back to'. Many of my students' families will not be so lucky and I know difficult economic times are coming. Small rays of hope (small, but something) are relief checks coming this week. Hopefully people will use them for survival needs and for small businesses..in that order.

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