If you’re a local business owner, you are probably a big part of the community. Chances are, you participate in local charity events, fundraisers and provide products or services at county fair auctions and more. But when a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey hits, most local business owners step up and do all they can to make things easier on the local community.
Is your shop, restaurant, or service business located in the areas of Texas that have been hit by Hurricane Harvey? If so, there are some things you can do as a local business owner that will help ease the frustration and fears of your local community. Here are some things you can do today.
Make Yourself Known to the Locals
The people in your community are probably aware of the local businesses they typically use, but may not know about your business. And because most communications will be down for several days, you’ll need to make it easy for them to find you. Most cell phones still work in the disaster areas, so ensure that they can find you by creating a local business listing on local business directories like FindUsLocal.com. It only takes a minute and your business may be able to provide someone with exactly what they need to go forward in their life.
Let Them Know How You can Help
Times like this aren’t for advertising to bring in more sales, but you’ll still need to get your name in front of the locals to make it easier on them. For example, if you own a local convenience store, make sure your customers know that you have plenty of bottled water in stock. On the other hand, if you own a restaurant, be sure to announce when you’re open for business because people will not be able to cook in their own homes until the power comes back on. And if you run the local hardware shop, be sure to let them know that you have the supplies they’ll need to secure their homes. Whatever type of local business you run, be sure to pinpoint the services or products you can provide to the community in a way that doesn’t make you sound like you’re trying to sell them something.
One way to do this is to use your social media platforms. You can tweet out your announcements and the people who follow you will read them and may pass them along. Another great tool is Find Us Local’s comment’s section. This handy feature on the local business directory allows business owners to announce sales and product information in an easy to use format. For instance, you could announce the arrival of bottled water, or let the community know that you’re handing out free breakfast tacos the day after the hurricane hit. And even better is that consumers can use the comments section to make announcements of their own. They may talk about things related to Hurricane Harvey, or they may let other people know the good things about your business.
Hurricane Harvey brought a lot of misery and uncertainty into a lot of people’s lives, and as a local business owner, you should do all you can to alleviate as many of their hurdles as you can. That may mean giving them a free breakfast taco, having enough bottled water to get them through the day, or having just the right roof nails in stock. But in order to help, the people in your community need to know about your store, service business, or restaurant. Go right now to FindUsLocal.com and take a few minutes to create your local business listing so the people in your community can find you.