In the U.S., our communities are made up of military veterans young and old, and each year, on Veterans Day, we pay our respects to these people in honor of the service and sacrifice they have made for our country.
As a local business owner, you may not know who the veterans in your community are, but there are more than 18.2 million veterans across the country, so there are likely several right in your community. This makes Nextdoor a great place for local U.S. businesses to show gratitude to our heroes and make meaningful connections with them in the neighborhood.
Read on for our best tips about how you can use Nextdoor to be a good neighbor business this Veterans Day:
1. Bring the community together to thank local heroes. If your business has a physical storefront, welcome the community into your establishment for a meaningful celebration. Share suggestions with neighbors about how to honor our veterans in a special way, such as by participating in the national two-minutes of silence or wearing a poppy. You could also ask neighbors to submit plans for how their community can come together to celebrate this Veterans Day for a chance to win something from your business.
2. Build awareness for Veterans Day sales and deals. Run a Local Deal to promote any special discounts or donation drives in honor of the holiday. If your Local Deal is only available in store, it can help drive foot traffic into your business. Don’t have a storefront? Your Local Deal can also drive traffic to your website.
3. Partner with or volunteer at your local Department of Veterans Affairs. Offer to help veterans with their home repair and yard work, or everyday tasks like trips to the grocery store, to show your appreciation. Not only can you encourage your employees to volunteer, but you can also rally other neighbors to participate. Donating a portion of your proceeds from sales on Veterans Day to the local VA – and letting the community know that you’re doing so – is another great way to demonstrate your support.