Bishop Chamber, “Shop Local”

Message from the Bishop Chamber of Commerce:
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday®, a day dedicated to helping small businesses and their communities. The small, locally owned businesses in our community need our support.  And likewise, our community needs these businesses!  
Some things to consider….
  • Small businesses contribute millions of dollars to local programs including our schools, ICARE, ESBCA, Salvation Army, IMACA, IMAH, 4H, FFA…you name it, these businesses are tirelessly supportive of our community!
  • A dollar spent in an independent locally-owned store is usually spent 6 to 15 times before it leaves the community. These dollars are used to make purchases from other local businesses and service providers, continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. 
  • Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home.  
  • Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and also create more stable employment in small communities. 
  • Sales Tax matters.  It’s not just what you buy, but where you buy it that counts! Sales tax collected locally helps to support many things we often take for granted – police & fire protection, parks & recreation programs, streets & sidewalks.  When you pay your sales tax at a store in the Owens Valley, you are doing your part to maintain many essential programs & services!
The Shop Small program was initiated by American Express a few years ago and it is really gaining momentum.  We hope you’ll join in our efforts to support local commerce this Saturday and throughout the year.  Visit to learn about other ways to get involved and support your favorite small businesses.