Sourced from The New Paltz Oracle
Ninety percent of businesses in Ulster County classify as small businesses. In order to keep these businesses afloat during the COVID-19 outbreak, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan launched “Shop Ulster Saturday” on March 26.
Ryan designated March 28 to be the first “Shop Ulster Saturday,” where county residents are encouraged to purchase online gift certificates to local businesses. The County Executive announced this aid during a webinar joined by approximately 400 small business members. “Shop Ulster Saturday” is a collaborative effort with the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“Locally owned small businesses are the lifeblood of our Ulster County economy, and it is especially important that we show them our support during the COVID-19 crisis,” Ryan said in a press release. “We are urging everyone in Ulster County to go online this Saturday and purchase a gift card from one of our many great local stores, shops and restaurants and then use that card later in the year or give it away as a gift for a birthday, anniversary or even during the holidays.”
According to a survey published on March 19 by Goldman Sachs, a U.S. multinational investment bank, 96% of U.S. small business owners said they have already been impacted by COVID-19.