2020 will be remembered as one of the toughest years yet. But we’re not out of it yet, there is more to do and local small businesses especially have hard times ahead.

Our small businesses are the go-to-people of our communities. They bring income to our towns and suburbs, provide local jobs, give our kids apprenticeships and work experience. They support local sporting teams, donate to local charities, work as volunteers.

Living through a pandemic makes it more important than ever to support local business. Our local accountants, tradies, shops and manufacturing businesses have always been there for us — now it’s our turn to make sure they stay open and operating into the future. By spending locally, you support the local economy, and the local workforce.

Many of us started to buy more locally during the Covid-19 shutdown. If we continue to do so, and more of us do so, then we will keep our main streets busy, local economies strong and jobs going. Buying locally is good for small business and good for us.

Staying local a little longer will make a big difference. You might be surprised by how much your local businesses have to offer.

To keep our communities thriving and help our economy recover, choose small business — because it’s everyone’s business.

If you are a small business yourself, consider signing up to Yorke Peninsula Shopping, a FFEE platform was developed to support Yorke Peninsula businesses get businesses online and trading again.

To sign up, head over to www.yorkepeninsulashopping.com.au

An initiative of Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North, Yorke Peninsula Tourism, Yorke Peninsula Council, Barunga West Council and Copper Coast Council