Small Business Saturday set for Nov. 30

By Julie Bolender - Fayette Co. Chamber of Commerce President

As we enter the holiday season, our thoughts shift to gift giving, holiday decorating and the memories we will make with our family and friends. Meanwhile, in a small Fayette County shop, the owners – your neighbors – are thinking of how to make the best of this shopping season. You see, they are truly hoping you will find that perfect gift in their shop.

Statistically, $68 of every $100 spent locally will stay locally. The business owners will reinvest your dollars in your community. Whether that be through a soccer team sponsorship or through a donated item that will be used in a charity raffle basket, our small business owners are truly the backbone of our community and deserve our support. They are passionate about their products, the customer service they provide and life long friendships they are building. They have opened their doors in Fayette County, because this is where their heart is home.

Further, when we choose to purchase our goods and services locally, we reduce the environmental impact as well. No additional fuel, cardboard boxes or packaging materials are needed when purchasing here at home. And if you’re lucky, they will wrap those gifts for you! It is truly a win-win situation!

On Saturday, Nov. 30, we invite you to visit the Chamber of Commerce office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. for our Small Business Saturday kickoff celebration! Coffee, donuts and shopping passports will be available to all. Simply have your passport stamped by 10 of our over 20 participating businesses within the 15 day promotion and you will be entered to win a large gift basket provided by our participating members. Additional details can be found on our website or by visiting our office.

This Christmas season, make an effort to shop local, dine local and think local! You will not only find that unique gift, you make Christmas a bit more merry for your neighbor, the business owner.

Wishing you all a prosperous and joyful Christmas season.

By Julie Bolender

Fayette Co. Chamber of Commerce President