Photo: Uncommon Grounds, Berkeley, CA. Courtesy: #DiscoveredinBerkeley campaign 

Whether it is the food you put on your plate this holiday season, the restaurants you patronize, the gifts you buy, or the year-end performing arts events that you attend, there are things you can do to inspire change this holiday season, and one of the best ways to do that is by supporting local business.

Now more than ever, local businesses need our support this holiday season, and when you spend your dollars locally, not only are you supporting those businesses, you are also raising the overall economic activity because the dollars can be re-spent locally.

Here is a run-down of ideas to support local businesses all across Alameda and Contra Costa Counties this holiday season: