Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. Small businesses are always the first places you visit when you need someone to support your kids after school activity or a charity event that is near and dear to your heart. It's now time for us to give back.

If you're dealing with the trickle-down effect and lost your job, or maybe you're anticipating having to watch your spending there are still ways that we can support our friends who run or own a small business. The best part is we can show some love all while social distancing.

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1. Share their post. Did they recently share an update with your community? Hit that share button.

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2. Tag a friend. See something a friend of yours might want to try or check out when we are allowed to frolic around town? Tag them so you don't forget.

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3. Leave a great review. Bad reviews can really ruin a business. How about lifting up our brothers and sisters while they're down? Let's get their biz at 5 stars!

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4. Comment something nice. Encouragement is needed just as bad as toilet paper. The best part, it's free. Let your friends who own business know that you're cheering them on.

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5. Throw a shoutout their way. If you see someone asking who is still open or maybe someone trying to find a place that is offering takeout shout out your favorite place.

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6. Post a picture. Did you snap a picture of the last meal you enjoyed at your favorite spot? Maybe your new shirt from your favorite boutique looks great today. Post that picture. Brag on your fave place.

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7. React to every post you see. Even if it's just giving them a "like", you're showing them you care.

I am forever grateful to belong to a family full of entrepreneurs that are doing what they can to make ends meet and support everyone else around them. I hope you find a way to show some love to your favorite small business today.

Krystal Montez