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By U.S. Senator Jim Risch and Governor Brad Little

Small businesses are a huge driver of Idaho’s economy. They employ our friends and neighbors, showcase our state’s creativity and values, provide invaluable goods and services, and epitomize what makes the Gem State great.

We are proud to once again celebrate the small businesses that make Idaho special with our Support Local Gems initiative.

On Friday, June 9th, join our initiative and support your favorite small businesses that contribute to our state’s economy, workforce, communities, and way of life in the Gem State. June 9th is an all-day celebration of the restaurants, retailers, shops, boutiques, and small businesses across Idaho that make our communities thrive.

There are many ways to Support Local Gems: stop by your favorite small business, purchase a gift card for yourself or a friend, or dine at a local restaurant. Even small gestures like writing a review online, posting on social media about your favorite Idaho shop, or simply saying thank you to a small business owner can have far reaching impacts.

Our small businesses have done an exceptional job adapting to the challenges of the last few years while maintaining the heart of Idaho, and the Support Local Gems initiative is an opportunity for all Idahoans to support these businesses just as they have supported us.

We live in a special place. To keep Idaho special, we need to help our small businesses thrive. Let’s do our part by supporting these gems every chance we get to ensure these businesses are here for future generations. We hope you’ll join us this Friday and Support Local Gems.

In 2020, Idaho’s small businesses faced unprecedented hardships as they worked to remain viable through the pandemic. In an effort to support them, Senator Jim Risch and the Idaho Department of Commerce launched Support Local Gems to encourage Idahoans to shop and dine locally. On the fourth annual Support Local Gems initiative, Idahoans are encouraged to once again give their full support to the small businesses – the local gems – that make Idaho a special place to live and grow.

If your organization or small business would like to get involved in the Support Local Gems initiative, visit .

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