Grand Island Passport Program promotes small businesses

Published: Aug. 18, 2020 at 5:38 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is launching their Grand Island Passport Program which encourages people to check out a wide range of businesses to help support them through the pandemic.

The planning for the program began before the pandemic hit but it quickly became apparent of its importance. The passport reflects the Nebraska tourism program.

It features 10 businesses ranging from restaurants, to hobby stores, to boutiques. Twenty-one businesses applied and they were selected by a board that reviewed which businesses best described how they will encourage new customers among other prompts. Since many are trying to make up for lost revenue, the extra draw could make a difference.

“We know they’re struggling, we know businesses have had to make some significant adjustment,” Chamber President Cindy Johnson said. “If it weren’t for the federal programs we may see more businesses close then what we are seeing today. That just makes it all the more important for us to recognize and realize the importance of shopping locally.”

People who get a stamp from all 10 businesses can turn in the booklet for a special prize. The chamber hopes people will find a place they haven’t heard of or maybe have been meaning to visit. The biggest message is to keep shopping local to keep small businesses open.

“It’s so important to shop locally because you’re helping support the local economy,” Special Projects Coordinator Nikki Palmer said. “So when you give a dollar to a local business owner that money gets recirculated into the economy. They say for every $100 spent here, $68 stays here.”

Businesses featured in passport program:

  • Kymberli K a Handmade Boutique
  • Zabuni Specialty Coffee
  • Builders in Grand Island
  • Raising Nebraska
  • HobbyTown
  • Miletta Vista
  • Herban Pulse
  • Tommy Gunz Bistro
  • Images Bar & Grill
  • Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer

The program runs from Aug. 17 to Oct. 30. People will have to return these booklets to the chamber office to get their prize and to be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card.

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