Support small businesses for the holidays
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BRONX TIMES REPORTER, N 12 OVEMBER 20-26 BTR
BY BRONX TIMES
As the holiday season quickly
approaches — albeit a different,
more socially distanced version
than last year — one thing that
remains crucial is supporting local
Local businesses, not big box
stores, are the lifeblood of communities.
They’re owned and operated
by people who care about
each of the customers who walk
through their doors.
They participate in community
service acts like sponsoring
youth sports teams and donating
to local food pantries, and many
of these owners know patrons on
a fi rst-name basis.
But COVID has jeopardized
these businesses’ positions as
community mainstays, as many
of them have been forced to cut
hours, lay off employees and shut
down, in the most extreme cases.
On top of that, grim reports
from earlier this year showed
that small businesses in the
Bronx received only 1 percent of
COVID relief loans from the Department
of Small Business Services,
compared to the 66 percent
of loans that Manhattan businesses
According to a 2013 report
from New York State Comptroller
Thomas DiNapoli, most businesses
in the Bronx are considered
“small.” In 2011, two-thirds
of the borough’s businesses employed
fewer than fi ve employees,
while 80 percent employed fewer
than 10 employees.
Understandably, due to the
larger nature of chain stores and
big box retailers, there’s often
more convenience and a wider
array of products available. This
makes them a popular, one-stop
shop for those looking for a little
But consider supporting local
shops, restaurants, boutiques
and small online businesses
whenever possible. Whether it
means putting on a mask and
shopping in person for a Christmas
gift or ordering from your
local restaurant directly without
the use of third-party apps —
which usually take a cut — opting
to support local can mean the
world to small businesses in the
community. Photo via Getty Images