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Posted December 1, 2021 | 1:02 PM

Spread Holiday Cheer by Supporting Small Businesses

Unique ideas to keep your money in your community

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Holly Jolly Hillsborough County.  

Whether you’re out looking for gifts, or grabbing a bite to eat, you can make a big impact by shopping small this holiday season. 

Hillsborough County is home to more than 80,000 small businesses and by shopping local, you’re giving the gift of job creation, family income, and economic prosperity. 

Here are some ways to show support: 

  • Have a cup of cheer at one of the many local coffee shops, wineries, or breweries. 
  • If you’re searching for one-of-a kind holiday gifts, head to a local boutique where many of the items are handmade in Hillsborough County.  
  • Give the gift of an unforgettable experience by purchasing a gift certificate to one of the many unique tours, art classes, or fitness classes in Hillsborough County. 
  • While friends and family are in town, check out a local museum or theater. 
  • If all that hustle and bustle has worked up your appetite, have lunch or dinner at a local restaurant where you can enjoy authentic Tampa Bay cuisine. 
  • Planning a party? Use local caterers for your holiday menu. If you like to cook, buy the ingredients from a local farmer’s market where you can also pick up a Christmas tree. After shaking off the pine needles, decorate with ornaments painted or crafted by local artists. 

By supporting small businesses, you’re investing in your community. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the United States is home to 32.5 million small businesses, representing 99.7 percent of all businesses with employees in the nation. 

Interested in starting or growing a small business in Hillsborough County? No-cost professional consulting, resources, and training opportunities are available. Learn more about small business resources.

 

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