While everyone is getting their Black Friday lists ready, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is reminding the public to also remember Small Business Saturday this Saturday, Nov. 25.
The Chamber and several of its members are teaming up to offer specials and a chance to win big by shopping small, said Chamber president Whitney Gentry.
The public is invited to stop by the Chamber office at 206 E. Court St. in Washington C.H. on Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon for free coffee and doughnuts. Shoppers will receive a Small Business Saturday canvas tote, a passport and a list of participating partner stores.
“We want people to support all small business in Fayette County, but our participating Chamber members will be stamping passports and offering discounts and deals on a variety of gift giving ideas,” said Gentry. “Money spent at a local business generates three-and-a-half times more wealth for the local economy.”
By shopping small, there is a chance to win big, explained Gentry. Shoppers will have until Dec. 8 to return their passports to the Chamber office to be entered in a raffle prize for one of three items: two gift baskets of items donated by the partner stores or a $50 Visa card donated by the Chamber.
In an effort to support local places that make our communities strong, American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010 on the Saturday after Thanksgiving — hoping to help bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. This is the first year for a collaborated Small Business Saturday push in Fayette County, and Gentry said she expects the Chamber to work with the community to grow the event in future years.