Supporting Small Businesses This Holiday Season

by Jenna Ranney, Product Specialist


UpperCampus knows the importance of chasing your passions and turning career dreams into reality. So when we see entrepreneurs and business owners all across the nation struggling during a global pandemic, we want to help! While you’re planning out your gift lists this holiday season, try to keep local businesses in mind. Here’s a few ways you can support local businesses through the holidays!

  1. Shop Local It seems obvious, but with the COVID pandemic many people are, understandably, turning to online shopping. Shipping costs and ease of transport turn many online shoppers toward the big names like Amazon and Target, but don’t forget about your local shops! Visiting lovely, decorated shops with a mask and a safe distance is a lovely part of the holiday season, and there are still affordable online options available at small businesses!

  2. Order Ahead - Takeout or Curbside Going in person to shops can be nerve wracking nowadays, but luckily most small businesses have planned for this. Most local shops, restaurants, and other establishments now have options to order ahead of time, pick out your products online, and have them delivered to your car or even to your doorstep! Explore some contact-free options at local shops this holiday season.

  3. Buy Gift Cards Gift cards may just be the perfect gift this year, from restaurants to bakeries to shoppes and beyond. Make your shopping list easier, your loved ones’ options wider, and your small businesses profits soar by picking up some gift certificates this holiday season. They’re easier to wrap, too!

  4. Leave a Great Review If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to boost a local business, never underestimate the power of a good review! Reviews are a perfect way to let other customers know that the business is legit, boost confidence in the quality of their service, and help out your small business owners - even when you’re on a tight budget.

  5. Give a Social Media Shoutout Social media sites provide the perfect opportunity to spotlight your favorite local businesses! You’d be surprised how much an Instagram story shoutout can expand the reach of your favorite spot to new customers. Now, you can add a little holiday magic to your feed and give your favorite businesses a boost, all at the same time!