At Hicks & Associates, Inc. we are proud to insure small businesses that make a big impact in the Shoals. In honor of National Small Business Week, we would like to share with you a few ways we are giving back to small businesses. This year, National Small Business Week is being celebrated from May 5th through 11th.
1. Shop local
One of the best ways to support small business is to go shopping! Use this week as a reason to splurge at that new boutique downtown, see what’s sprouting this weekend at the Farmer’s Market, or buy some flowers for your loved ones from the local florist.
2. Spread the word
Many small businesses rely on word-of-mouth to get people in their door. Impressed with the service and expertise of the company that brought new life into your home with a fresh coat of paint? Write a review! Use platforms like Google and Yelp to let others know the great experience you’ve had.
3. Get social
Another way to spread the word on your experiences at small businesses is to use social media. Check-in on Facebook so your friends know you are trying that trendy gelato shop. Snap an Instagram photo of before and after you received that life-altering beard trim from a new barber. You can even live-tweet your way through eating the giant bacon donut you found at that hole-in-the-wall bakery.
4. Say Thank You
There is a lot to be thankful for when it comes to small businesses. They create tons of new jobs every year, provide personal experiences, and support your local community. Have you had a personal experience with a small business? Drop off a music gift card so the barista you talk to about music every morning can download those new songs. Buy coffee for your dry cleaners to thank them for removing so many coffee stains out of your shirts. Or, just say “thank you” to let local businesses know you appreciate the time and effort they put into making your life better.
5. Join the fun! Participate in community events
Are you seeing signs around your neighborhood for local events? Block parties, Summer BBQs, Earth Day cleanups, 5ks, or local festivals are great ways to meet up with local business owners. Don’t be surprised if you see small businesses coming together at community events. When you attend those events – you are supporting those small businesses!
These are just a few ways we can show support to our local businesses during National Small Business Week. Just remember how much these businesses impact our communities and our lives, then let’s show our appreciation all year long!