Today, March 29 is a day to celebrate all the hard-working small business owners and their achievements. Small businesses are important to any community and its essential for these businesses to grow and thrive in order to create jobs and culture in small communities across the state, and country.
National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day began with Rick Segal whose parents first opened a hat shop called Ruth’s in Everette, Massachusetts on March 29, 1939. This store eventually grew into a specialty-clothing store for women spanning 10,000 square feet before it closed in 1997. Segal created the day to honor his parents’ hard work and success as a small business.
Without the owners behind mom and pop businesses, the United States would be much different. These small businesses are the foundation our country is built on and contribute to job growth and economic development. Did you know more than 90 percent of all business enterprises in the United States are family-owned or privately held?
The story is no different here in Iowa! Take the Wildlife Lakes Elk Farm for example. Wildlife Lakes Elk Farm is located in Southeast Iowa near Burlington and is owned by Henry and Barb Bohlen. The Bohlen family has owned the farm for about 25 years. The elk meat from their farm is served at a number of restaurants in the area, including The Drake and The Broadway Café, Bar and Grill. If you’re at Great Rivers Medical Center, stop by the cafeteria. They always have Wildlife elk meat on the menu!
Not from Southeast Iowa? No worries! You can find Wildlife elk meat in restaurants in Iowa City, Coralville, and Johnston, Iowa, as well as 20 convenience stores across the state. More of an online shopper? Order through their website here.
You can also purchase the elk meat at the farm. Don’t forget to get a tour while you’re there! They give about 10-12 major tours a year. Not only do you know that you’re purchasing natural elk meat, but you’re also supporting a local business, which brings money into the community, and in turn, enhances the economy.
Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns three times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain. In celebration of the day, stop by your local mom and pop shop to buy your favorite sandwich, coffee, or clothing item, and know that you will be supporting not only their family but also your local community!
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Until next time!
The Restoring Iowa Jobs Team