By Emily Schroer

It goes without saying that COVID-19 has taken a massive toll on our local economies. With over 100,000 small businesses having closed permanently due to the pandemic, local businesses need our help now more than ever.

Looking for ways to support your favorite local business (besides ordering their takeout 7 days a week)? Here are five seriously impactful things you can do online to give them a helping hand.

Trust us when we say: they’ll thank you for it.

1. Leave an Effective Google Review

Fact: 63.6% of consumers visit Google to check for reviews of a business.

Of all the review platforms out there, Google reviews are perhaps the most critical to local businesses’ success. And while business owners are always grateful for stars – as nearly half of consumers won’t use a business with less than 4 stars –  adding a personal account can