With the severe impact of COVID-19 on Idaho small businesses, it is more important than ever before to support the shops, restaurants and other establishments that play a critical role in our communities and state economy. With this in mind, Idaho Commerce and Visit Idaho partnered with U.S. Senator for Idaho Jim Risch to launch Support Local Gems — the all-day event on Friday, April 24, which encouraged Idahoans to support local small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The initiative invited Idahoans to show support by shopping online at their favorite stores, purchasing gift cards, ordering take-out or delivery from local restaurants, writing a review online, posting on social media about a local business or simply saying thank you.

After the one-day event, Visit Idaho extended the effort to ensure the support of Idaho small businesses stays top of mind for Idahoans. To amplify awareness, we’re sharing resources as well as the stories of Idaho communities, citizens, and small businesses here and across our social media channels.

To make Support Local Gems a success, we need your help. Be sure to follow Visit Idaho on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to participate in the conversation and follow along as we share stories of local gems. Tag @visitidaho and use #supportlocalgems when you support small businesses so we can amplify your voice on our platforms. Thank you for continuing to make Idaho a great place to be.