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  • E-Newsletter November





    As we begin to prepare for the upcoming holiday season during this challenging year, unlike any other, we still have many things to be thankful for. Our locally-owned small businesses are a crucial part to our community and we thank them for all that they do and provide.
    Remember to continue shopping and support our local businesses. Everyone on your list will enjoy a gift card to one of our unique restaurants, shops and/or one of our local hotels. Even a local “staycation” to get out of the house and have a change of scenery, can do a lot to lift your spirits.
    No matter what your plans are this upcoming holiday season, make sure to plan time to get out and Explore the Big Rapids Region and support your local businesses!
    Connie Koepke – Executive Director
    Mecosta County Visitors Bureau
    Small Business Saturday is Coming!
    Shop local on Saturday, November 28th
    Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and communities across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
    Small Business Saturday is always a chance for us to support the local businesses that support our communities, and that’s especially right now with the COVID-19 pandemic we are facing this year. That’s why supporting local shops and restaurants on Small Business Saturday – and throughout the holiday season – is important. 
    If you’re able to shop in person, shop local and shop small. Remember: Small businesses may offer merchandise and deals and level of service – that you won’t find at the chain stores or shopping malls. If you’re unable to or wary of shopping in person, shop online or phone in your order. Take advantage of curbside pickup, where they’ll bring your order out to the car. 
    We should do everything we can to support our small businesses. Small businesses are determined to get through this, and they’re ready to deliver the goods and services their customers need while following the rules and keeping everyone as safe and secure as possible.
     Supporting local shops and restaurants on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season and beyond will lessen the impact this outbreak is having on our communities. It will help save jobs and make the local economy stronger, and that’s important because when we help small businesses, we help everybody.  
    The Mecosta County Visitors Bureau continues to show our support and provide resources, signs, and more for our locally-owned small businesses and our community, to help highlight this upcoming Small Business Saturday and Holiday Season!
    Please see some of these helpful resources for our small businesses to take advantage of and for you all to see and help continue showing our support for our community's businesses! #shopsmall #supportlocal #smallbusinesssaturday #spendlocal
    This holiday season looks a bit different – make it your own with new digital marketing materials
    We may not all be able to come together this year, but your customers can still Shop Small® with you all season long. Download ready-to-use materials and use the Shop Small Studio to create all-new custom marketing materials to inspire your community to Shop Small safely with you – both online and in-store.
    How to create a safe and welcoming experience for your customers - now and into the new year.
    It's important to tell customers how they can support businesses - this toolkit can help!
    Community Links: Small Business Organizations
    Mecosta County Visitors Bureau | BigRapids.org | 231.796.7640
  • Places to Stay

    Country Inn & Suites

    15344 Waldron Way
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center

    1005 Perry Street
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Hampton Inn & Suites

    15320 Waldron Way 
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Quality Inn & Suites

    1705 S. State St.
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Super 8 Motel

    845 Water Tower Rd.
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Tullymore Golf Resort

    11969 Tullymore Dr.
    Stanwood, MI 49346

    The Inn at St. Ives

    9940 St. Ives Dr.
    Stanwood, MI 49346

    Morley Motel 

    2097 Northland Dr.
    Morley, MI 49336
    (231) 856-7820