PITTSBURG — This Saturday, holiday shoppers have the opportunity to find unique and quality gifts all while supporting the local economy.
The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Advisory Board have partnered for this year’s Small Business Saturday in the hope of encouraging area shoppers to shop locally.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, businesses located in downtown Pittsburg will offer a variety of sales and deals.
“We’re hoping people will not only discover new downtown businesses they’ve never been in, but also be incentivized to shop local,” Sarah Runyon, Pittsburg Public Information Manager, said. “We want people to see the benefit of supporting the local economy instead of shopping online.”
Small Business Saturday is the independent retailer’s answer to Black Friday, when small businesses across the nation offer special deals and sales for holiday shoppers. Pittsburg’s Small Business Saturday will also offer a little something extra: a passport program that gives shoppers the chance to win one of several prizes.
“Shoppers will check in and pick up a passport and if they get ten stamps from merchants in the downtown area, they’ll be entered into a drawing for prizes.”
Runyon said the chamber has donated gift cards for the drawing and that other prizes will be announced later in the week. Businesses that aren’t listed on the passport or aren’t located downtown will also observe Small Business Saturday, but won’t be giving out passport stamps.
Stores will be open their usual hours, but shoppers can pick up their passports from the patio of Block22 on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Passports must be returned to the same location by 12:30 p.m..
“There’s no purchase required for a stamp,” Runyon said, “but we hope that while people are stopping in at their local downtown merchants they’ll see some unique items that they’ll just have to have.”
According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses are the preeminent drivers of the United States economy. Small businesses provide 55 percent of all jobs in the United States and have been responsible for 66 percent of new jobs since the 1970s.
“What’s cool about Small Business Saturday is that it raises awareness for small business across the U.S.,” Runyon said. “Millions of small businesses account for 54 percent of all sales in the U.S.. That means more than half of sales are from small businesses. They’re the heartbeat of the economy.”