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November 2019

Shop Local Nov. 30

The holiday season is a time for family, friends and rejoicing. When you make your shopping list and prepare for the holidays, please consider supporting the small businesses in your local community, especially on Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 30 and is the perfect occasion to support the employers and entrepreneurs who make our communities unique. Local stores and businesses offer a wide variety of high-quality products and services. Additionally, when you support a small business, your money stays in the community. In fact, for every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., approximately 67 cents stays in the area. So when you shop small, it makes a big impact.

There are over 500,000 small businesses in Indiana employing over 1.2 million Hoosiers. It cannot be overstated how important these entrepreneurs are to the state and their community. Chances are, family members, friends and neighbors work for or own a small business, and they deserve our support.

It’s been 10 years since the launch of Small Business Saturday, which was created during the Great Recession to drive awareness of small brick-and-mortar stores and their communities, especially around the holiday season. With the retail landscape evolving, it’s more important than ever to shop locally.

For many of these small businesses, Small Business Saturday is their biggest sales day of the year. Please show them your support on Saturday, Nov. 30, and beyond.

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving

Each year on Thanksgiving, we count the many blessings in our lives. As we prepare for next week’s turkey feast and quality time with loved ones, let us also remember those less fortunate and consider how we can help others.

There are numerous ways to give back during the holiday season, especially on and after the Thanksgiving holiday. From putting together food baskets to volunteering at your local soup kitchen, there is no shortage of opportunities to lend a helping hand.

The United Way and the Salvation Army are great organizations hosting and facilitating a wide variety of ways and events for Hoosiers to donate their time and resources year round. Feeding America is another organization connecting Hoosiers with local food banks. For more ideas on how you and your family can give back this holiday season, click here.

Be it your time or a monetary donation, your contribution – no matter how small – can make a big difference in the life of a fellow Hoosier in need. Please consider how you can help others this holiday and beyond. We wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings, and may God bless you and your family.

Changing Lives Through Adoption

November is recognized as National Adoption Month, and this year’s focus is on adopting a child through the foster care system. There are currently more than 9,000 Hoosier children in foster care, and many of them are waiting to be adopted.

If you are able, consider welcoming one of Indiana’s most vulnerable into your life. A safe place to call home and a loving family can have a big impact on a child.

Many may think becoming an adoptive parent is difficult and costly, but most adults qualify after meeting these few requirements, including a background check, home study and 16 hours of training. There is no requirement for owning your home, being married or having children of your own. In fact, some children do better as an only child or in a single-parent household.

Throughout the month of November, the Department of Child Services is hosting events through the state. Click here to find a nearby event. Visit adoptachild.in.gov or call 888-25-ADOPT to learn about children eligible for adoption and how you can change a child’s life.

Nominate A Hoosier Artist

If you know an individual, group, organization, business or community that has made a significant contribution or positive impact on the growth, awareness, and strength of the arts in Indiana, please nominate them for a Governor’s Arts Award.

Since 1973, the Governor’s Arts Awards have celebrated the outstanding contributions of Indiana’s artists, arts organizations, volunteers, educators, local governments and corporate citizens. This biennial award is the state’s highest honor in the arts.

Award categories include Artist, Advocate, Community, Corporation/Organization, Educator and Emerging Artist.

In 2018, the first “emerging artist” award went to musician and Fort Wayne native, Addison Agen, who was a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Those nominated for the award must be or have been residents of the state of Indiana. Organizations and businesses nominated should have headquarters or operations in the state.

Nominations are due by Dec. 1, 2019. Click here to learn more and submit a nomination.

Support for the arts not only helps spark creativity and innovation in individuals, but can also unify communities and foster tourism. Indiana is home to a vibrant and growing art scene, and we want to recognize local artists and art advocates.

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