For every $100 spent in our local community at small businesses, $68 stays in the community, according to, a resource that helps connect small businesses with lenders. That same $100 spent with national chains' local stores keeps $43 in the community. Local shopping means, however indirectly or directly, that you’re keeping community businesses open and your neighbors employed.

How does this work?
First you will need to fill out a pledge form that you can get from the newspaper or sign up right here. Then go to your local First State Bank or First Bank location and trade in $100’s for 50 $2 bills. If you are needing to know where to spend your $2 bills watch the Casper Star tribune weekly updated list of businesses that will be accepting the $2 bills. You can also look for the $2 challenge logo in local businesses to know that they support this cause!

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