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Risch, Dept. of Commerce announce one-day event to support local businesses

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IDAHO FALLS — U.S. Senator Jim Risch and the Idaho Department of Commerce want you to support small businesses and they’ve created an all-day event to bring awareness to companies severely impacted by COVID-19.

“Support Local Gems” will take place all-day on Friday, April 24. Idahoans are invited to give their business to their favorite local shops and restaurants by purchasing gift cards online for future use, ordering take-out or delivery, writing a review online, posting on social media about a local business or simply saying thank you.

“Idaho small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and the backbone of our state’s economy,” said Risch in a news release. “There are many ways to support these businesses, on Friday, April 24, I invite you to find a way to express your support for the small businesses that power our economy and make our communities thrive.”

Additional supporters of Support Local Gems include Governor Brad Little, Senator Mike Crapo, Congressman Mike Simpson, Congressman Russ Fulcher, Association of Idaho Cities, Idaho Association of Counties, Idaho Chamber Alliance, Idaho Retailers Association, Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Association, Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry (IACI), and the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

“Idaho will be better positioned for a strong economic comeback because we are making difficult changes in how we live and work in the short-term, and our small businesses need our support more than ever,” Little said. “I urge all citizens to support small business on Friday, April 24.”
Starting April 27, Idaho Commerce Visit Idaho will extend the one-day Support Local Gems event into a 10-week initiative, serving to keep this vital awareness effort top of mind for Idahoans. Visit Idaho will share helpful resources and content on visitidaho.org and across its social media channels to encourage partners, citizens, and communities around the state to support this initiative in their respective area.

If your organization or small business would like to get involved in the Support Local Gems initiative, email press@risch.senate.gov.

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