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How CT Can Help Small Businesses

There are a variety of ways that consumers can help support small businesses while also maintaining social distancing.

As a consumer, you can...

Purchase Gift Cards

Buying a gift card now is a great way to generate some cash flow for businesses while allowing you to plan something exciting for the future.

  • Visit your favorite stores online to see if they have gift cards for sale
  • Visit rallyforrestaurants.com, where you can:
    • Search for your favorite restaurants and be provided with a direct link to purchase their gift cards
    • Enter your favorite restaurant if you don’t see them listed. Be sure to check if they sell gift cards because you will need to provide a link!

Purchase Products via Pre-Order

Pre-ordering will allow you to claim the right to a highly anticipated product from one of your favorite stores, while also generating income for the business. Visit your favorite stores online and see if they have any pre-order deals on their website.

Order Products Online

Ordering products online is a convenient way for you to get what you need, generate revenue for our businesses, and most importantly, stay at home.

Order Take-Out or Delivery

See if your local restaurants or bars are offering take-out or delivery services. These are still widely available across CT so that customers can enjoy restaurant food while staying at home. Delivery apps, such as Grubhub, Doordash, and Uber Eats are all offering COVID-19 promotions, which can even include free delivery charges!