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Posted November 23, 2021 | 8:44 AM

Shop Local this Holiday Season!

5 tips to help support local small businesses

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners declared Nov. 27 to Dec. 27, 2021 as Shop Local Month to celebrate and support local, small businesses and all they do for their communities. This year, small businesses need your support more than ever as they navigate, retool, and pivot from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are five easy ways to shop local in Hillsborough County this holiday season:

  • Search online for local businesses, artists, designers, and crafters
  • Use a local print shop for holiday cards
  • Make holiday meals from local ingredients
  • Buy from vendors at holiday festivals and farmers markets
  • Purchase gift cards or book services from local businesses to use at a future date

When you support small, locally owned businesses, you keep money flowing in the community and encourage new business creation and jobs. This makes shopping in your community a win-win; you get truly unique and special items from local shops, and your purchases supports local families through the holidays.

Interested in starting or growing a small business in Hillsborough County? No-cost professional consulting, resources, and training opportunities are available. Get started at HCFLGov.net/SmallBusiness.

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