Smart tips to engage with businesses safely

Sponsored by the Staples® Community Business Directory.

Tip #1 — Do your research

Before meeting up, look up any prospective business partners online. A simple web search, the Better Business Bureau, review platforms such as Yelp or even social media, can show you how a business interacts with their customers. 

Tip #1 — Do your research

Tip #2 — Check credentials

Be sure to confirm the business is properly insured and can provide any and all licenses and permits as required by your city and state. Also consider requesting a background check for individuals working around children. 

 

Note: Staples does not verify business licenses or conduct background checks as a requirement for joining the Community Business Directory.
 

Tip #2 — Check credentials

Tip #3 — Stay safe

When meeting up with a business owner or provider for the first time, insist on a public place such as a café or shopping center. Inform a friend or family member where you’re going or even invite someone along, and bring your phone for emergencies. And always trust your instincts.

Tip #3 — Stay safe