call for participating businesses
As a small business, it's tough to compete with Black Friday deals. As your Neighborhood Champion, the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce wants to help you make the most of holiday shopping this season! Here are a few reasons to join us for Small Business Saturday this year:
NEW! A Chance to Win a Free Chamber Membership! - Businesses who participate in all Small Business Saturday activities and get into the spirit of the event will have a chance to win a free base membership to the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce worth $250. Details will be provided at the Kick Off Party.
Kick Off Party - November 5, 2018, 4:00-5:00pm at 214 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY
The kick-off party will feature a potluck dinner. At the party, you'll pick out your marketing materials and products you can give away on Small Business Saturday. Come join us for a fun night of food and celebration!
Shop Small Pledge - For the second year we are asking the community to take the pledge to Shop Small this holiday season! Encourage your patrons to take the pledge and support our local economy. You'll receive shareable graphics for your social media platforms.
Extra Promotion - Small Business Saturday participants will be promoted on the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce website, social media pages, and window displays leading up to the event. The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce will also be taking out paid advertising to promote the day-of event and all the businesses participating.
Day-of Activities - On November 24th, customers will receive papers that show each participating business's promotion! Businesses without a storefront are welcome to set up a pop-up shop in the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, where there will be story hour and crafts for kids, a welcome station for shoppers, and more.
30 Days of Shopping Small - The benefits don't end at closing time on November 24th! The following month customers will have the chance to continue their holiday shopping. They can pick up a 30 Days of Shopping Small Passport at any participating business. When they make a purchase at one of those businesses, it will get stamped on their passport.
Ready to sign up to participate?
Small Business Saturday celebrates and helps you discover small businesses in your community. Big box stores have Black Friday, your locally-owned and operated small businesses have Small Business Saturday (November 24, 2018). You're shopping small every time you pick up a latte at the corner coffee shop, grab lunch at a local café, buy a new bag at the neighborhood boutique, or catch a show at the town theater. You're supporting the small businesses that make your community vibrant and unique. Stay tuned for more information on the Small Business Saturday promotion that we're pulling together with our local businesses. Then, on Saturday, November 24, come out in force to shop small for the holidays!
Behind the business - how shopping small makes a difference!
In the weeks leading up to Small Business Saturday, we'll introduce you to local business owners and learn how shopping locally can make a difference in your community! Stay tuned - stories coming soon!