Supporting small businesses in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach and Okeechobee is more important than ever
Small businesses are the backbone of our Treasure Coast community. We depend on the many beloved local shops and services that contribute to the vibrancy of our neighborhoods. Where we shop and eat matters. Now more than ever, small businesses on the Treasure Coast need our support as they recover and rebuild from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Why you should support local and small businesses in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach and Okeechobee
As a small business owner ourselves, the Law Firm of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd knows how important it is to support local businesses and organizations in our Treasure Coast community. Here are some of the top reasons to support local businesses in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach and Okeechobee.
- Local decision-making – Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
- Keeping dollars in the local economy – Compared to chain stores and corporations, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
- Job and wages – Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains.
- Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
- Competition – A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
What can you do to support local businesses on the Treasure Coast during COVID-19 and beyond?
- Buy gift cards
If a local business or restaurant is still not open, you can buy gift cards to help them financially while their doors are closed. Buying a gift card is also a great way to support local businesses and restaurants if you are not comfortable visiting public spaces.
- Shop small businesses online
Don’t forget that many small businesses are also accessible online. If you have the choice between shopping at a corporation or local company for the same product, it’s better to support the community in which you live and work.
- Give the gift of small business products
Gifts given from small, locally owned businesses tend to be unique and even hand-crafted. Gift cards to local restaurants are also a great gift for all kinds of occasions.
- Don’t forget about the farmers
Agriculture is a major part of the Treasure Coast economy. A great way to show support for local farms and ranchers is to buy produce and meat at the farmer’s markets in Fort Pierce and Vero Beach.
- Leave a positive review (No spending required)
This one is completely free, takes only a couple of minutes, and can be done from the comfort of your couch. Small businesses rely heavily on reviews. Think about it — when you’re looking for a new place to try in your neighborhood and you see they only have two stars on Google, you’re probably less likely to stop there. Now is the perfect time to write a positive review. Be sure to include photos of the delicious food you ate or the beautiful layout of the store to add even more value to your review.
- Tell a friend (No spending required)
One of the absolute best ways to support a small business is to refer your family and friends. Studies indicate that consumers are more apt to try a new restaurant, shop at a new store, or seek the services of a new company if someone they know and trust recommends that business.
- Share on social (No spending required)
Everyone loves a good recommendation. And, sometimes, advocating for your favorite small business is as easy as clicking ‘share’ on their latest social media post. If you love a local restaurant, hair dresser, gym, boutique or store, post about the business. Tagging the company and providing a link gives them value from the post, bringing their brand to the attention of an audience they may not have reached otherwise.
Small businesses on the Treasure Coast need our support now more than ever
All of us are learning how to adjust to this period of time where things are unknown and in flux. After you’ve made sure that you’re taking care of yourself and your loved ones, consider implementing a few of these ideas to help support small businesses in our Treasure Coast community.
Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd – your hometown law firm
For more than 40 years, the Law Firm of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd has dedicated our practice to serving the residents of the Treasure Coast. Our attorneys sit on boards of local non-profit organizations. We donate our time and resources to community groups, families, and schools in St. Lucie County, Indian River County, and Okeechobee County. We support local small businesses through our professional and personal relationships. We are a community-minded law firm and we will continue to invest in the local Treasure Coast community for years to come.
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