We have such an amazing community in North Broward! We have weathered many storms; however, the COVID-19 epidemic has been an unprecedented challenge to our businesses community.

Here are just a few ideas of how you can support our local businesses:



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Please remember that local businesses often do not have the same resources that larger chains do when it comes to financial assistance and recovering from uncertain times like these. When shopping for goods and services, look to our local businesses first.



Many retailers have websites where you can buy online. If your favorite local retailers don't have an online store, many of our local retailers are taking orders online and you can pick up or have it delivered.



Our local restaurants need our community support NOW!!! Many have reopened at 50% capacity and they need you! Also, if prefer you can use curbside pickup.



If you have an ongoing subscription or membership with our local Chamber of Commerce, your gym, consider keeping it active. Many of these small businesses rely on that regular cash flow to keep things open.



If you are a local business owner, take this opportunity to collaborate with your business community to see how you can help one another overcome some of our current challenges. Collaborating and understanding the unique challenges of different businesses will lead to solutions that benefit everyone.



If you are financially able to do so, tip a little extra to the restaurants other service industries you are patronizing. These service workers may not have the privilege of income security, and a little extra can go a long way.



Unable to shop or dine in? Buy a gift card from a local business to give to someone as a “thank you” or use at a later time. For those not wanting to visit in person, many businesses will mail you your gift card upon request.



The COVID-19 outbreak has already presented new community challenges for our local non-profits to address. Check out the Chamber website to see a list of our nonprofit members, now is a great time to donate to the causes and organizations you care most about. Please go to the Coral Springs Community Chest for information about Give Where You Live.



Social media can play a huge role in supporting the local community. Lead by example in encouraging your online following to support local businesses. Tag your posts #OpenforBusiness and we'll do our best to share on the Chamber’s social platforms


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