The pandemic collateral damage has been immense; businesses have closed down and many people have lost their jobs.
San Francisco small businesses have suffered the most despite some relief offered to them in the form of grants or loans. According to Yelp listings,around 2000 thousand have permanently shut down in the San Francisco,Oakland metro-area as their owners could no longer afford to keep them afloat, and others saw a decline in customers.
In the year where we lived under a lockdown, people resorted to buying online. As a result, platforms like Amazon saw their profits soar and Jeff Bezos became the first person ever worth $200 Billion.
Starting on May 1, we are being encouraged to take a challenge by which we can take a break from Safeway or Amazon or big retailers and shop only local. It is time we do our bit to help San Francisco small businesses recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic, we missed them and now that they are back on track, let’s support them.
San Franciscans can now sign up to take the “small business 30 day challenge” and commit to only shop and dine using local businesses.Don't worry if you feel you don't know where the best places are, as once a day, you will receive info about wonderful small businesses in San Francisco.
It’s bye bye to online shopping and hello to buying less but buying well and particularly, investing locally. The challenge may not be easy for those who are used to the comforts of online shopping but give it a try and you may find out that a small shopping habit, can have a big impact on someone’s life.
According to the Shop & Dine in the 49 campaign, launched by the City to find local businesses to visit and be a customer of; If residents redirect just 10 percent of their spending from chains to local businesses, it will generate $192 million in additional economic activity in San Francisco and almost 1,300 new jobs.
"San Francisco will recover from this pandemic, but what that recovery looks like and how fast it comes is on all of us. Our individual actions to control the spread of the virus, to support our small businesses and to help our neighbors in need is the key to our City emerging from the pandemic. By confronting this challenge together, we will protect and build back the City we love."- Mayor London N. Breed
Remember that to change the world, you always start local. Quoting Eduardo Galeano;“many small people, in small places, doing small things can change the world.”
And if you are a social media user, when you visit your favorite business remember to use #SmallBizChallenge.