shopsmall 111721GRAYSLAKE – The holiday season is here, and State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is reminding people to shop local to support businesses as they continue to recover from pandemic-related financial distress and struggle with shipping backups.  

“Small businesses are a part of our communities. They invest in our economy, employ our friends and neighbors, and support local events,” Bush said. “It’s now our turn to support them and invest in all they have to offer.”

As people begin their holiday shopping, Bush is reminding them to frequent small businesses throughout the area. For every dollar spent at a small business, 67 cents stays in the community.

Bush has talked to many small business owners, who say despite the pandemic slowing down, they still need help and support to recover from the losses. Supporting small, however, doesn’t just mean going to brick and mortar stores. People can support small businesses through online sales, ordering carry out from a locally-owned restaurant or buying gift cards. Many local businesses will also be running special deals on Small Business Saturday, which falls on Nov. 27.

Additionally, if money is tight, people can still support local businesses by following their social media, recommending to friends and leaving positive reviews.

“I encourage you to support small businesses in any way you can,” Bush said. “The pandemic was extremely tough on a lot of our local shops, and we must show them the community is here to help.”