It’s no secret that our local small owned businesses are suffering in our current climate. Between the COVID-19 virus sweeping the globe, crushing the economy, and the world standing together to protest change for equality, justice and reform, it has been really tough on our fellow small owned businesses. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the information on the internet and you’re not sure how you can help support small businesses, read the following tips below.
Here are some FREE ways you can support a small busines:
- Write a positive review.
- Tell your friends/family.
- Follow them on social media.
- Engage with their posts.
- Give them a shoutout.
- Sign up for their newsletter.
Other ways you can support:
- Shop online/Curbside Pickup.
- Pay full price. Don’t expect your friends to give everything out for free, support by paying full price and allow them to make a profit.
- Schedule a service. Make an appointment in advance when everything starts opening up again.
- Consider shopping small over bigger corporations. Does your friend have a hand-made candle business, and you’re looking for some new scents for the house? Shop their brand and help a local creative build their business and help the community.
I’m from NYC, a place where dreams meet opportunities no matter where you’re from. I gathered up a list of some of my personal favorite small local businesses that I’d love to share and spread brand awareness to. All of the following businesses are black or minority owned, which means they had to work twice as hard to get the success they’ve obtained in their careers. They’re all extremely unique, talented, educated, and beautiful and with their contributions to the culture our world is a better place.
Check them out below.
The Cookie Girl.co: Amanda Pereira, an online cookie entrepreneur selling delicious homemade baked-to-order treats that ship right to your door anywhere in the U.S. Originally from Queens, NY now located in West Palm Beach, FL. For the month of June she’s donating a portion of proceeds to NAACP supporting their mission to eliminate race-based discrimination. Check out her menu and place an order on Instagram: @thecookiegirl.co
A Sprinkle of Yany: Created by Yanary, a sweet dedicated mom who loves to bake! At “A Sprinkle of Yany” the mission is to make, distribute and sell the finest desserts made with the highest quality ingredients. With a wide variety of beautiful decorated treats, her goal is to put a smile on your face, along with a little frosting. Check out her Instagram for her menu and limited “cupcake of the week” offerings @asprinkleofyany
Tipsy T Drinks: A small drink company started by 3 childhood friends from Queens, NY during the ever-changing times that 2020 has served us. They offer a variety of alcoholic drinks and jello shots that are guaranteed to satisfy everyones tastebuds, from individual pouches to jugs for the whole family. You can find them on Instagram: @_tipsytdrinks for all order inquiries.
24k Way: Meet Dave, a motivational influence to the local neighborhoods in NYC, with his limited-edition graphic t-shirt brand. What started as a personal and comedic way to connect with the public quickly became recognized as a unique collection of art pieces. Check out his collection on Instagram: @24kway_ @24kdave
Ricco Noir: A local NY/LA based clothing brand & artist collective created by London Wilmot (@ricconoir) and Marissa Pelly (@marissa_pelly). Their mission is to entertain, inform and inspire people around the world through the power of ideas. RICCO NOIR means rich black. It signifies power, strength, and confidence while including culture, traditions, and the community. Shop Ricco Noir on their website: www.ricconoirstudios.com and follow them on Instagram: @ricconoirstudios
Ciao Specs: An inclusive brand that breeds confidence instantly when our frames are on. We have a luxurious online assortment of fashionable Specs for Men/Women of all ages. Place your order at ciaospecs.com and enter code CIAO10 at checkout for 10% off your first pair! Find us on Instagram @ciaospecs_
Andross LA: A local fashion brand centered around people living their life to the fullest while X-ing out the outside noise, distractions and negativity. Inclusive for everyone as their motto states “A-LA is a family”. You can shop their latest collections on their website: https://store.androsslosangeles.com and find them on Twitter and Instagram: @androssLA
Doll Life Lashes: Meet Genesis, a certified lash technician and instructor from NYC. Her mission is to make girls feel beautiful in their natural state with a fresh set of lashes. She also hosts courses to teach people how to become certified lash technicians too! You can see her work and book an appointment on instagram: @dolllifelashes
Mike Paul Atelier: Designed in Toronto with a global sensibility, Mike Paul Atelier makes beautiful clothes for a changing world. We’re rooted in old-school Italian tailoring, DIY band t-shirts and lived-in workwear because these are the clothes that make us feel most like our true selves. For our clients we provide a full range of bespoke, made-to-measure and ready-to-wear along with wardrobe consulting and finishing services. Check out some of our campaign shoots here. Interested in our services? Shop our website: www.mikepaulatelier.com Follow us on Instagram: @mikepaulstyles
If you’re still reading this I know you’re really dedicated to helping the small minority business community grow and your efforts and interests are truly appreciated. A simple follow, or share can make a big difference. My goal with sharing these dedicated and talented entrepreneurs was to hopefully connect my readers with products and services that are available locally. If you know any other amazing small businesses, please share in the comments below and spread awareness any way we can! Together we can strengthen our communities and impact the culture.