Choose local first in Kent, OH. Help small businesses survive the pandemic.

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Small business success is only possible through real community support. COVID-19 has created an incredibly difficult environment for all, both economically and socially. This is a critical time for small business owners, made even more difficult by people's need to stay distant and not-too-social.

We must adjust, and continue to support local business every chance we get. These business owners are our friends, neighbors, and family members. They make Kent what it is, and their survival will help guarantee the livelihood and character of our town in the future!

Purchase gift cards online, take classes, have food/drinks and merchandise delivered to your home or business, mask up and go shopping, enjoy outdoor drinks and dining, support local causes and organizations like Main Street Kent -- whatever works within your comfort zone. Eventually this virus will subside, and we don't want our local businesses to go with it.

Take the pledge. It's simple. Choose local first. It may not be the easiest or cheapest option right now, but it certainly matters the most! Join us in the "Locals Love Local" movement.