There are plenty of ways to support your local small businesses. The simplest step you can take is to spend your dollars locally, rather than online or at national chains. Locally-owned businesses reinvest money in their communities at a rate far exceeding that of national chains, so spending your money at these businesses is a more than just a nice thing to do — it’s an investment in your own neighborhood.

Not much of a shopper? Consider supporting the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, a bill that would create fairer procedures for commercial lease renewals. You can learn more here: