The Ottumwa Courier

December 2, 2013

United Way offering win-win to small businesses

By JOSH VARDAMAN
Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — Getting recognized around the community is something every business owner wants, and donating to a great cause in the process creates the perfect situation for local small businesses.

The United Way of Wapello County is granting the small business owners’ wish by giving them a chance to be recognized by several media outlets during this year’s Small Business Blitz. All the businesses have to do is pledge that they will donate to the United Way during the blitz, which will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

The pledge forms are due to United Way today, and business owners can either take them into the United Way office or make a donation on their website, at wapellocouw.org/small-business-blitz. Then, on Wednesday, a group of about 25 volunteers will go around to each business that made a pledge to collect their donations. That is also a chance for individuals to make a personal donation, if they choose to.

“We are asking the businesses to make a corporate donation that day,” said Desiree Johnson, President and CEO of United Way of Wapello County.

All of the businesses that make a donation will get recognized throughout the day on Ottumwa Radio, KKSI, KRKN, KBIZ and KTWA, as well as being listed in the United Way’s Small Business Blitz ad in the Ottumwa Courier, on Dec. 11, and Save Ottumwa, on Dec. 13.

United Way will also give live recognition to the businesses throughout the day on their Facebook page and website, and they will be included in an email blast and the United Way’s newsletter, which is distributed to over 2,000 individuals and businesses.

“This is an opportunity for the small businesses to get some recognition in the campaign season,” Johnson said.

All of the donations will go toward funding the services that United Way of Wapello County offers to members of the community. There is no set amount that businesses can donate, but the more the merrier.

“Every gift is appreciated,” Johnson said. “The more they donate the more we can use to help the people in the community.”

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