Williamson, Inc., the county’s Chamber of Commerce and Office of Economic Development, is encouraging Williamson County residents and visitors to stay vigilant about taking individual measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. “There are simple, common sense things we can do to make it through this pandemic with our economy intact. Personal responsibility is the key to bringing our active COVID case count down and keeping our businesses open. Wearing masks correctly, maintaining physical distance, and practicing proper hand-washing hygiene are all things we can do individually to help slow the spread of the virus,” said Matt Largen, President and CEO of Williamson, Inc. “I know we are all tired of COVID, especially our small businesses that were thrown a life-line with the Paycheck Protection Program in the summer, but now need continuing customer demand to turn a profit and keep our residents employed. Simply put, sick customers and sick employees can decimate our small businesses.”
Williamson, Inc. is offering a list of tips for shopping local this holiday season:
•Have a grab bag. You know you are going to need a mask and sanitizer – why not keep those in a designated area in your car or on your person? Great additions are sanitizing wipes and extra masks.
• Be intentional. If you are transitioning from a store to a busy street where people aren’t appropriately distanced or getting up from a table at a restaurant, keep your mask on.
• Visit your destination online before visiting in person. During the pandemic, many small businesses have been able to add additional services like shipping and curbside pick-up.
• Gift cards. By purchasing a gift card, you are supporting a local business and economy while providing your recipient with the opportunity to explore a new business or service.
• Spread the word. If you want to help local businesses this season, check-in through social media to give your friends insight on local deals and finds.
• Ask. Going the extra step and asking a small business owner how you can help them through such unprecedented times can really make a difference.
• Advocate. Leave a detailed Google or Facebook review sharing your experience.
• Tell. If you know a local business that is struggling, email email@example.com and Williamson, Inc. will reach out to them with financial relief information, brand exposure and more.
Learn more about Williamson, Inc.’s people, events and information about joining by calling 615.771.1912 or by visiting williamsonchamber.com.