Cash Mobs have hit Oak Harbor

DECA members at Mill Street Brew Cash Mob. From left to right: Coral Petersen, Clara Stirewalt, Ben Cochran, Cassie Brenneman, Abbi Riechmand and Trinity Gephart.

To celebrate ten years of promoting entrepreneurship, the Oak Harbor DECA chapter created a special activity to show support and appreciation of local entrepreneurs. The first cash mob was started in February at the Mill Street Brew in the village of Oak Harbor. Ten businesses will be selected by DECA members for weekly cash mobs. 

What is a Cash Mob? A cash mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business to make purchases. The purpose of these mobs is to support both the local businesses and the overall community. Last Friday the cash mob was held at the Sugar and Spice Bakery, formerly Sweet Treats, now under new ownership.

Chapter member Tate Haar stated, “We really wanted to give back to the local businesses and this was a perfect way to do it.” This week the cash mob is at Pet Haven on Friday, March 7. The project leaders thought it would be fun to buy treats or gifts for our furry friends. Each week participants are asked to take self-portraits at the cash mob location. For this week’s cash mob, tag the Oak Harbor DECA Facebook page with pictures of your pets enjoying treats or items from Pet Haven. One lucky pet will win a prize from the Oak Harbor DECA members.

This is one of many activities to celebrate Entrepreneurship Month and is part of the Oak Harbor DECA Entrepreneurship Promotion Project Campaign. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Entrepreneurship…The Road Less Traveled!” The goal of the campaign is to inform, educate, and involve students and community members about the importance of entrepreneurs. The campaign managers are Tate Haar, Elyse Hablitzel and Anderson Rathbun.

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