Small businesses employ over half of our state's workforce, give our neighborhoods their character, and serve as gathering places and safe-spaces for our community. This holiday season, our small businesses need the support of our entire community as they continue to face unprecedented challenges. So, we put together a list of actions you can take to show up for our small business community during the holiday months - and throughout the year.
A little bit goes a long way
(Mostly) Priceless ways to show your support
- Leave a positive Yelp, Facebook, or Google review
- Follow small businesses on social media & engage with their posts
- Give a social media shout-out & use #SmallBusinessSaturday or #ShopSmall
- Tip generously
- Tell your friends & family about your favorite business
Your GSBA Guide & Directory
Whether you're looking to remodel your kitchen, a new dentist, or tonight's dinner, the GSBA Guide & Directory can point you towards an LGBTQ or allied owned small business that can meet your needs.
Shop the Hill
Take part in the annual neighborhood tradition led by the Capitol Hill Business Alliance (CHBA), a program of GSBA, and the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog by following the Shop the Hill Facebook page and downloading the free digital images here. Neighborhood businesses can submit their promotions here and request a safe poster delivery here.
Virtually stroll from store to store with Support Capitol Hill
Earlier this spring, CHBA partnered with DEI Creative, Hunter's Capital, and Dunn & Hobbes to present supportcapitolhill.com, an online marketplace which lets shoppers browse products from storefronts and restaurants across the neighborhood, while businesses retain 100% of the revenue and can list their products for free.
Spend Like It Matters
Because it does. GSBA member The Intentionalist has created a handy holiday shopping guide for the kids, parents, activists, foodies, and more in your life. Their delivery and take-out directory can help you feast to your fill this holiday season, and their gift certificate marketplace makes it easy to support small businesses who don't have an online store.
Shop Your Block
The Seattle Office of Economic Development's program Shop Your Block gives you a seamless shopping experience throughout Seattle neighborhoods including North Seattle, the U-District, West Seattle, Ballard, Capitol Hill, Pioneer Square, South Seattle, and Crown Hill.