Shop Small, Give Big with Bemidji Downtown Alliance

Special Bemidji Now news correspondent Scott Williams, well-known for hosting the Z99 Morning Show, discussed the Bemidji Downtown Alliance’s month-long promotion for September, “Shop Small, Give Big,” with the BDA’s Annie Butler-Ricks and Erin Echternach.

A few of the Highlights:

  • Customers visit a participating business during the month of September
  • All businesses will have a unique QR code that will be displayed inside of their business in which customers can easily see and scan

  • Customers scan the QR code using their camera app on their smartphone during their visit and enter their name and number into the app

  • After clicking “SUBMIT”, customers are automatically entered to win in a month-end drawing

  • One entry PER week PER business PER participant


    • When customers visit a RETAIL SHOP, the app will AUTOMATICALLY enter them TWICE for the drawing!

Photo courtesy of Eric Callagan. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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