Idaho small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and the backbone of our state’s economy. However, many are still recovering from the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s why Idaho Commerce and Visit Idaho are partnering with Senator Jim Risch in the “Support Local Gems” initiative. On Friday, May 21, Idaho Commerce and Visit Idaho invite all Idahoans to find ways to support the small businesses in your community whose operations were impacted by the pandemic, and who are still in need of your help. May 21st will serve as an all-day celebration of the local businesses that make our communities thrive.

You can participate by shopping at your favorite small businesses, in-person or online, eating at a local restaurant, purchasing gift cards, writing a review online, posting on social media about your favorite local business, or simply saying thank you to the businesses you frequent most often in your daily life. Whatever option you choose, there are many ways to show your support for Idaho’s local gems. Learn more.