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Small Business Saturday supports community

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LAKE COUNTY — On Nov. 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, many local businesses will have their doors open for Small Business Saturday with special sales and giveaways.  

Business owner Carol Lynn Lapotka of handMade Montana in Polson said shopping at small businesses is vital to the local economy. “Small business keeps our community thriving,” she said. 

The national Small Business Saturday event was developed to remind people to shop at small businesses to help keep their doors open. Support for small businesses has become even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have lots of little gems here in Lake County,” Lapotka said. “People can shop locally and not go where COVID is sky rocketing.”

Lapotka and her team have made thousands of COVID-19 masks in the past year, sold locally and across Montana in small shops. Until the pandemic is over, she said it’s important to follow CDC guidelines while shopping. 

The Centers for Disease Control recommend maintaining six feet of separation between people, wearing a mask and washing hands. Lapotka said people might also take turns going into a business to limit occupancy if they notice a crowd.  

The Polson Chamber of Commerce and Polson Business Community are encouraging residents to “Shop Small this Fall in Polson,” through a variety of events and promotions.

The PBC invites businesses and residents to, “Join us in lifting the spirits of our community by providing a light show like no other.” The group has announced that downtown will be lit up for the holiday season by Nov. 15.

People are asked to stop by the Polson Chamber of Commerce office or check their Facebook page for more information. The Polson Chamber states on Facebook: “Supporting small business this time of year is more important now than ever before. If Lake County residents spent $100 locally instead of online it would generate over $3 million for the local economy.”   

 

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