LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In these unprecedented times, it’s a challenge to keep up with the information and changes that seem to come on an hourly basis about COVID-19. Local businesses are also seeing significant challenges – trying to keep their employees and the general public safe and healthy while remaining in business.
“Our locals mean a lot to us,” says Jennifer Rubenstein, executive director of the Louisville Independent Business Alliance. “Louisvillians have always been strong supporters of these businesses that are a huge part of our community character, and we’re asking everyone to remember them during these uncertain times. Especially because dollars spent locally will continue to circulate right here in our community at a much greater rate.”
LIBA has developed an online resource and is sharing recommendations to help the community keep their local businesses in mind as we stay safe.
- Visit www.KeepLouisvilleWeird.com for a listing of local, independent businesses. Special space on each listing is dedicated to information useful during COVID-19 precautions. Keep checking back as our members update their information regularly. The directory is also searchable by businesses that offer delivery, curbside pickup, online ordering, etc.
- Give the Gift of Business – Buy a gift card (on the phone or online) that would cover your usual spend over the coming weeks. Then spend the gift cards later, or give them as gifts to others.
- Buy Now, Pick Up Later – If you had planned on purchasing an item, give the business a call. Pay for it now and have them set it aside for later pickup.
- Keep Up Your Memberships – If you have a membership to a gym, class, studio, etc. keep it going. Many small businesses count on that constant support to keep their doors open so they can be there when you come back.
- Curbside Pickup/Delivery – For restaurants and for retail! Many of our local independents are offering this service
LIBA is also offering resources to support local businesses themselves. We are offering webinars on working from home, tutorials on Facebook lives that retailers can use for commerce, etc.
“LIBA is a community of entrepreneurs, and they are all amazing people – it’s the top reason I love my being president of the board,” says Ashley Parker. “The LIBA team is working hard to help in any way we can, and we have faith in both our resilience, and the love the community has for our local businesses.”