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Black Friday & Small Business Saturday in Gettysburg

Published November 24, 2010

If you’re a true shopper you’re probably mapping out your course of action and getting a game plan together for Black Friday! This day is always an exciting time for me because it marks the official start of the holiday season. (The deals are also pretty exciting, too! 🙂 )

This year, spend your Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in Gettysburg! If you’re not sure what “Small Business Saturday” is, let me explain…Novemeber 27th is the first ever day for this movement- a day to come together and support the small businesses in our communities and local economies. This initiative, started by American Express, urges consumers to spend holiday dollars in small, local stores.

There was an article about Small Business Saturday in USA Today. Here is an excerpt:

Even though this originates as a corporate initiative, “Small Business Saturday” is a great idea. By choosing a day in the most-important shopping weekend and giving it a specific name — Small Business Saturday — American Express is hoping this will catch on the same way as Black Friday for giant sales and Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, for sales online.

Wouldn’t it be refreshing to have Americans intentionally patronize small businesses as part of their holiday shopping? I know I plan to.

“Small businesses have suffered more than their fair share in this economy,” explained Susan Sobbott, president of American Express Open. “We were racking our brains … how can we bring assets of American Express to help small businesses? Then we thought, ‘Why stop at American Express?’ Let’s create a day where all Americans will support their local businesses. Let’s make it an icon and a rallying cry, to help Americans stop and think about where they’re putting their money.”

Keep in mind that when you shop at small, local stores, everyone wins — you, your gift recipients, your community.

Read the full article here.

Join the Small Business Saturday movement on Facebook. American Express will donate $1 for every “like” (up to 1,000,000!!)  to Girls Inc.

Downtown Gettysburg offers a wonderful mix of small retail stores and restaurants to support on this day. Not to mention, going on right now GARMA (Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association) has registration boxes up at most GARMA members places of business. Registering enters you for a chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree! Winner will be chosen on December 18th.

Look for the boxes with this flyer while shopping downtown!

GARMA’s Facebook page is updated with local business’ deals and sales for this holiday shopping weekend! Once you’re all shopped out, be sure to stop by a local restaurant, coffee shop, or winery and take a load off!

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