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Holiday Celebrations: A Boost for Business

Holiday Celebrations: A Boost for Business
October 31, 2023 Billy George

Having fun commemorating the holiday season and the end of another year isn’t just building great company culture, it is also a wonderful way to stimulate the economy and spread your dollars locally. The holiday season is synonymous with parties and gatherings. Choosing local venues for these events keeps the money within the community, helps local businesses survive and thrive, and builds relationships with partners and neighbors in the area.

Local venues provide the ideal setting for businesses and individuals to come together during the holidays, fostering a sense of togetherness. The economic benefits are not limited to the venues themselves; they extend to the entire local ecosystem including caterers, decorators, musicians, and more.

Even more than just holiday parties, weddings, family reunions, and other events are economic catalysts, providing a much-needed boost to community businesses. From the caterers and florists to photographers and boutiques, weddings inject cash into numerous local businesses. For couples looking to tie the knot, choosing a local venue ensures that the money stays within the community and their guests are drawn to the area to stay in hotels, eat at local restaurants, and shop in retailers for last-minute items. Even family reunions have a significant impact on the  economy in Freeport and Stephenson County. Families showcase the attractions and entertainment in our area, making it a destination for out-of-town relatives who may choose to return for future visits.

Choosing local businesses for celebrations doesn’t just make economic sense; it also helps build a stronger community. With the holiday season on the horizon, now is the perfect time to support local venues and partners. By doing so, you can make every celebration a gift to the community and ensure a brighter future for all. When planning your next big event, remember that your choice can be a meaningful investment in your community’s economic well-being. To help find the right event venue for your company’s next celebration, check out the Partnership’s updated event venue guide (link will be placed here).

P.S. – Another great way to support the local economy this holiday season is with the use of Partnership Cash! Thanks to the help of a community grant, the Partnership is offering an additional $20 for every $100 purchased. Partnership Cash can be spent at more than 40 local businesses and is a great way to keep the gifts you give to customers, clients, employees, and family members right here in Freeport and Stephenson County. To purchase Partnership Cash, contact Billy George in our office at 815-233-1350.

Nicole Haas, MIOP is the Brand Director for the Greater Freeport Partnership. She can be reached at or 815-801-3676.