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Weekend of Local Campaign Calls on Oklahomans to Support Small Businesses
The Independent Shopkeepers Association (ISA) and partners across the state of Oklahoma are asking Oklahomans to go out and support local businesses in their communities through a new campaign, the Weekend of Local. The Weekend of Local, set for July 23-25, is calling on customers to shop and eat local all weekend long as a way to celebrate small businesses in their cities and help alleviate the hardships they experienced through the pandemic.
The campaign, organized by ISA, has rallied advocates throughout the state, from the Oklahoma Main Street Center to Chambers of Commerce and Main Street organizations. The Weekend of
Local will be a celebration of the vital role local shops and restaurants play in making Oklahoma a better place to shop, eat and play. ISA created the initiative as a way to mark the start of brighter days for local shops and restaurants who have struggled to keep their doors open through the crisis.
"It’s no secret our small business community has been hit hard this past year." said Cléo Rajon, Executive Director of ISA. "Yet they’ve shown their resilience and worked hard to keep their doors open. We wanted to dedicate a weekend for everyone in our state to go out and show our local businesses how much they are appreciated and valued. We hope everyone joins in as we celebrate our small businesses and show them the support they deserve."
Hundreds of small businesses are signed up to participate in the festivities and will offer special incentives, from in-store events and activities, to sidewalk sales, giveaways and more. Customers are encouraged to tag #weekendoflocal on social media and share their weekend of local adventures online. A directory of participating businesses, along with a map and list of offerings, is available at weekendoflocal.com.