With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, many people are looking for ways to slow down, give back and spend more intentionally. We’re right there with you! This holiday season we’re challenging each of you to shop small and support local. Let this goal fuel you through the end of this year, and into the next!

Why It Matters

Small businesses fuel our economy, local and worldwide. They’re made up and employ people like each of us reading this article! They shape our character, our communities and our futures. 

Without small businesses, big businesses never would have been born. To grow big, you always have to start small. 

This year has been especially hard on small businesses as the unforeseen pandemic has closed shut downs and shifts in how consumers consume, and how businesses operate around the world. 

Small businesses need our help, and our support now more than ever before! 

How to Support

There are many ways to support a small business. 

  1. Shop local – online or in person!
  2. Purchase gift cards 
  3. Follow them on social media 
  4. Leave reviews on their Google My Business
  5. Refer friends and family to shop or try them out! 

How can I find local/ small businesses? 

  • Use small business directory sites like Discover LOZ 
  • Search Yelp and Alignable
  • Check social media
  • Take note of places you drive by in town
  • Use search engines 

Inspired by Small Businesses

Small Businesses inspire us each and every day. It’s why we created Discover LOZ, as a way to connect with and highlight incredible small businesses in the Lake of the Ozarks area. 

If you want to feel some small business inspiration, check out these in-depth Q&A’s we’ve done with Lynn Oxford of Oh How Pretty and Susan Deems of the Children’s Learning Center

For more small business inspiration check out all our local spotlights here