Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 25

Dear Shoppers & Community Members,

According to the American Independent Business Alliance, 48% of each purchase at a local independent business was recirculated locally. Through the multiplier effect, the impact of shopping locally snowballs. Maybe this means a business owner can…

  • Put a child through dance or martial arts class (at another local business)
  • Hire more people (creating jobs and infusing more money into the local economy)
  • Provide health insurance to employees (providing better quality of life and improving the local community)

Here's how you can join the movement and make a difference:

1. shop on small business saturday - november 25

SHOP SMALL, SHOP LOCAL: on Small Business Saturday, shoppers will enjoy special sales, discounts, and promotions at participating businesses.

CLICK HERE to download the list of savings and promotions being offered that day! You can either print this on your own OR pick one up at any of the participating shops listed. Happy shopping!

FREE GIFT WRAPPING: There will also be free gift wrapping stations set up in Watkins Glen, Montour Falls, and Hector throughout the day. Locations include Finger Lakes Distilling, the Schuyler County Historical Society Brick Tavern Museum, and the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce!

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST: Post a photo or status using the hashtag #shopsmallwgacc on any social media platform on November 25 to show us how you are shopping small and be entered to win a basket of goodies from local businesses. The more businesses you shop at, the more chances you have to win!

CLICK HERE for complete details of the social media contest.

2. Take the pledge to #ShopSmall this holiday season

Small Business Saturday is awesome and we love it, but that's just one day. So that's why we are urging our friends and family to Shop Small and patronize locally-owned and operated shops and businesses all season long. Will you join us by taking the pledge to #ShopSmall this holiday season? Take the pledge, then share the pledge badge using #ShopSmallWGACC to show your support and encourage your friends to do the same!

CLICK HERE to take the pledge!

CLICK HERE to download the pledge badge image to share on social media!

3. keep shopping throughout the season!

12 DAYS OF SHOPPING SMALL: The benefits don’t end at closing time on November 25th! The following 12 days, shoppers can pick up a 12 Days of Shopping Small Passport at any participating business. Then, simply make a purchase at one of those businesses and receive a stamp on your passport. At the end of the 12 days, bring your passport to the Visitor Center to be entered to win a basket of goodies from local businesses. The more purchases you make, the more chances you have to win!

Behind the business - how shopping small makes a difference!

Meet local business owners and learn how shopping locally can make a difference in your community!

Joe and Sue Silhan
Joe and Sue Silhan
Selah Studios Yoga & Music

"We enjoy the personal relationships that are created in small business. As business owners and teachers of yoga and music, that personal connection with our customers enhances the services we provide.  As consumers we appreciate the special attention of other small business owners and the quality of local products."

Millport Landing
Margie Hoy
Millport Landing

"The support I receive from my local customers is approximately 95 percent of my business.  Without support from the community, I wouldn't be here. Not only do I appreciate their business, I appreciate the friendships that have developed along the way. Priceless!"

Emily Robertson
Emily Robertson
VB Sandwich Shop

"Because you Shop Small we are able to return to our home in Schuyler County to live & work, after living in Syracuse for many years. We are able to support the American Red Cross, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, & work with interns from the BOCES program as well as the ARC of Schuyler.”

Inner Peace Floats
Clayton DeSarno
Inner Peace Floats

"Shopping local and supporting our local businesses is what creates community.  It helps our local businesses thrive, keeps our storefronts full, abundant, and gives people a reason to come visit - both locally and from afar!" Quote provided by Inner Peace Floats owner Kathie Notarfonzo

401 Espresso
Frank VanVolkinburg
401 Espresso

"Because you Shop Small we are able to bring world class coffee beverages & pastries to our community, support local coffee roasters & flour mills, and support sustainable coffee and chocolate farming worldwide!"