Small Business Saturday

Shop, Eat, Support Local!

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce (IGLA) has announced a new initiative in advance of the nationwide Small Business Saturday® holiday on Saturday, November 27, 2021. Beginning Thursday, October 27, 2021, the IGLA Chamber will launch “30 Days to Shopping Small” to promote local businesses and encourage the community to shop local this holiday season.

On each of the thirty days leading up to Small Business Saturday®, the IGLA Chamber will promote local businesses through social media, including video features of various locations where you can shop, eat, and support local business.

On Saturday, November 27, 2021, the official Small Business Saturday® nationwide holiday, members of the Chamber staff will be out in the community surprising random shoppers with gifts and prizes.

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30 Days to Supporting Local

Stay tuned for daily highlights of local businesses!

Day 1

SHOP: Elegance

EAT: Snappers

SUPPORT: Brooks Golf

Day 2

SHOP: Kari's Fine Clothing

EAT: West O Beer

SUPPORT: Pearson Lakes Art Center

Day 3 

SHOP: Snook's of Okoboji

EAT: Captain's Getaway

SUPPORT: Be Radiant Laser Skin Studio

Day 4

SHOP: Barn Swallow

EAT: Nautical

SUPPORT: Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association

Day 5

SHOP: West Boutique

EAT: Waterfront

SUPPORT: Business Today

Day 6

SHOP: Mary's Gift Shoppe

EAT: Smokin' Jakes

SUPPORT: Okoboji Motorsports

Day 7

SHOP: Elements Design Studio

EAT: Dry Dock

SUPPORT: Kindermusik at the Lakes

Day 8

SHOP: CC Screen Printing

EAT: Minervas

SUPPORT: Arnolds Park Amusement Park

Day 9

SHOP: Kabele's Trading Post

EAT: Chaplin's

SUPPORT: ISU Extension Office

Day 10

SHOP: Sunshine Foods Milford

EAT: The Inn Hotel

SUPPORT: Humane Society of NW IA

Day 11

SHOP: Caroyln's Hallmark

EAT: Screaming Burro Burgers, Fries & Shakes

SUPPORT: Kapco Pack & Ship

Day 12

SHOP: Fisherman's Factory Outlet

EAT: McKeen's Pub & Grill

SUPPORT: Bedell Family YMCA

Day 13

SHOP: Ferguson's Gardens

EAT: Godfather's Pizza

SUPPORT: Mr. Zinn's Hair Studio

Day 14

SHOP: Antiques Etc

EAT: Los Pueblos

SUPPORT: Okoboji Classic Cars LLC

Day 15

SHOP: Custom Creations

EAT: The Ritz

SUPPORT: re*be Skin & Vein Clinic

Day 16

SHOP: Oak Hill Outdoor

EAT: Scooters

SUPPORT: Faust

Day 17

SHOP: Spirit Lake Silver & Gold

EAT: Pizza Ranch

SUPPORT: Cutty's Okoboji Resort Club

Day 18

SHOP: Palm at the Park

EAT: The Hutt Bar & Grill

SUPPORT: F45 Training Arnolds Park

Day 19

SHOP: Emerald Hills Golf Club

EAT: The Outrigger

SUPPORT: Bridges Bay Resort

Day 20

SHOP: Fick's Ace Hardware

EAT: Sunshine Foods Diner

SUPPORT: Camp Foster YMCA

Day 21

SHOP: Parks Marina

EAT: Century Farms Distillery

SUPPORT: Kurio Kastle

Day 22

SHOP: The Three Sons

EAT: The Gardens

SUPPORT: Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp

Day 23

SHOP: Stan's Bait & Tackle

EAT: Corner Lanes/The Breakfast Barn

SUPPORT: Lake Okoboji Fishing

Day 24

SHOP: Ruthven Locker at the Lakes

EAT: Pub 19 Bar & Grill

SUPPORT: Yoga Okoboji School of Yoga

Day 25

SHOP: Bomgaars Spirit Lake

EAT: Hy-Vee Hickory House Grill

SUPPORT: The Throwing Post

Day 26

SHOP: Picket Trail

EAT: Jimmy John's Arnolds Park

SUPPORT: Corner Lanes

Day 27

SHOP: Twetten's Interior Design

EAT: The Boonedocks

SUPPORT: No Streaking Okoboji

Day 28

SHOP: Fareway

EAT: Portside Pizza Pub

SUPPORT: Treasure Village

Day 29

SHOP: Hy-Vee Spirit Lake

EAT: Casey's General Store -Arnolds Park

SUPPORT: Rocky Thompson Photography

Day 30

That's a Wrap! Thank you to all of the businesses involved. We #supportlocalboji and hope you will, too!

Shop Small Saturday!

Saturday, November 27, 2021

You might not realize it, but every time you buy a coffee at your favorite neighborhood spot or purchase a gift from the local shop down the street, you're shopping small and making a difference. By shopping small and shopping local, you actually get so much more than those physical items. When you shop at local small businesses, you support all the things that make the Iowa Great Lakes Area great. The money you spend there, stays there. Right here in this place you call your neighborhood.

For every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., approximately 67 cents stays in the local community. So when you Shop Small on Small Business Saturday, and all year long, you are creating a large impact on your local community. 

Millions of individuals, businesses and communities have embraced the Small Business Saturday movement nationwide! The movement is celebrated annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Shop Small Saturday will take place on November 27, 2021. As a business, we invite you to participate by actively promoting Small Business Saturday in your business. As a neighbor, we encourage you to go out and support your local business community.

There are several ways to get involved in Small Business Saturday. You can go shopping or dining at a local small businesses. You can tell others to be a part of the movement or share with your own network how you're supporting small businesses in our neighborhood. Anything you can do helps to give small businesses the support they need to keep creating jobs, powering the economy and helping the Iowa Great Lakes Area thrive year round.

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See how our community has been involved in Shop Small Saturday!

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber staff thanks you for shopping local!

For more information on how to get involved, contact Kiley at kiley@okobojichamber.com or call 712-332-2107.