At a recent meeting on the struggles of small businesses in NYC, a group of panelists discussed the growing number of vacant storefronts around the city. High rents, high taxes, and the surge in online commerce are among the factors contributing to the vacancies. And these issues aren’t limited to NYC.
Holiday shopping alone won’t turn the tide and save small businesses. However, it still plays a role in small business support and encourages people to become acquainted with vendors in the community.
For some suggestions of when and where to shop, consider the following links to holiday season events. I’ve chosen links to some of the most populated cities around the U.S., including NYC. (If you don’t live in or near these cities, look into what’s going on in your community.) Holiday events often invite participation from small businesses and encourage visitors to shop from local vendors.