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How To Support Local Businesses While Social Distancing

As the term ‘social distancing’ has suddenly risen to the top of everyone’s mind, we find ourselves searching for ways to support our community at a safe distance of at least 6 feet.

And local businesses are stepping up to offer specials on takeout food, delivery services, and online options. So it seemed like a great idea to create a resource for these offers for Lake Hartwell locals.

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Ways To Support Local Businesses

This list will be updated as needed, but even if your favorite business isn’t listed here, there are a few things you can do to support them in this strange new world.

Follow their Facebook or Instagram

You might not have thought about following a local business on social media, but these are great places to keep up to date with their changes and offers.

Help them out by reacting and sharing their posts, tag a friend who could use their services, or write them a glowing review to show how much you love them!

Keep your membership

Look for your gym, yoga studio, or any other type of membership location to start offering online classes. This is a great way to maintain your habit and help a small business.

In Hartwell, Studio 4 WholeHealth is offering yoga and barre classes via a private YouTube channel for its clients.

Buy gift cards

Purchasing a gift card is a great way to send local businesses some love and allows you to take advantage of your purchase when things go back to normal.

If the business doesn’t have an online purchase option, give them a call. They’ll be glad to hear from you and make accommodations to get you your gift card.

Shop their online store

Call or search online to find out if a local business has an online ordering option. This is an easy way to make your purchase and have the items shipped to your home.

Sometimes a business will have an online shopping option right on their Facebook page, so you can scroll their offerings quickly and easily on your phone.

Click the image to visit these local businesses online:

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Make Virtual Appointments

Living Down South Realty is offering complimentary consultations for Buyers, Sellers, or Investors via virtual meetings. We are able to offer market analysis, pre-listing appointments, checklists, strategies for the current market, etc.

WoodmenLife is offering virtual appointments and servicing options for insurance needs. We give back to the community through care packages, food drives, and monetary donations all through the year!

Treat yourself a little

If you can afford it, now is a great time for small splurges. Order a special dinner for takeout, buy a box of goodies from the bakery, or even purchase a pretty pair of earrings.

These little reminders of the good things in life not only lift your mood but help a small business owner breathe a little sigh of relief.

Take advantage of specials

Local businesses are making special offers and deals to entice you to shop with them. Take advantage of their offers! Here are some local business specials.

Supporting Lake Hartwell Businesses

Everyone’s got to eat, right? Find a local restaurant offering takeout below.

Restaurants in Hart County is a new website that lists local restaurants, links to their menus, operating hours, and whether they have curbside or delivery.

The idea is to have a list of all of Hart County’s local and small chain restaurants in one place to make it easier for our citizens to support them.

Anderson City Restaurants

Clemson Local Business Updates

You can find updates for Clemson businesses at the Clemson Area Chamber.

Health and Wellness Resources

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Small Business Resources

Small business owners, this is the time to get your business online. Here are some companies that can help you reach more people and increase your business during this difficult time.

1. Hart county businesses: Everything Internet will set your google my business map listing and get you a basic website for FREE. We want to help businesses get themselves on the map with correct information.

2. Everything Internet has a discount on their quick n dirty package. For $99 we will do a full evaluation of a business’s social media and web presence. We will provide recommendations on how to improve and what is missing. The goal is to improve traffic to the business. The regular price is $149.

1. No Set Up Fee for New Google And Facebook Ad Campaigns through March 31st (a $250 savings!)

2. A FREE SEO audit of your website! We review your site for Free and provide recommendations for updates. You can choose to build out a package with us from there to boost your SEO based on your audit results.

We are offering help with your social media post and social media graphics for small businesses during this time (no charge) Contact us for other website and social media services that we are providing at no charge for small businesses.

Additional Resources

With things changing so quickly, a great resource for finding out what’s going on with local businesses is your community’s chamber Facebook page.

With a quick search, we found some Facebook pages with tons of local info.

Community Resources

Northeast Georgia Council On Domestic Violence

Our outreach clients are face timing, and phoning to make sure their needs are being met and to help calm their fears and concerns

Our legal advocate is assisting with protective orders over the phone. And we are looking into conducting groups online. If you or someone you know needs help during this difficult time have them call 706-376-7111. Thank you!

Share your business info in the comments!

Feel free to post your business information in the comments, or shoot an email to lakehartwellguide to let us know you’d like to be added to this post.

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