The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging holiday shoppers to support small businesses by taking part in Small Business Saturday.
Now entering its third year, Small Business Saturday falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a day dedicated to supporting the local, independently owned businesses that add character to neighborhoods across the country.
The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce issued a statement of support for the event last week, and outlined a number of ways that shoppers and retailers alike can get involved and support each other:
Shop Small: By shopping small, you are showing your support for small businesses and creating good will within the communities where you work and live. Make a day of it by shopping with friends and dining out at your favorite small restaurants.
Business owners, make the day your own: Small businesses are known for having outstanding customer service and offering unique products. Think about having special promotions and join forces with neighboring small businesses to create a block party or holiday event. Don't forget to leverage Small Business Saturday marketing tools on www.facebook.com/shopsmall.
Spread the word: Sign up for email updates at www.shopsmall.com and make sure to "Like" the Facebook page. Tell your family, friends and loyal customers about Small Business Saturday on your social networks.
Tell the Peabody Area Chamber about your offer: Email the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org to help spread the word!
"We're excited to be part of the Small Business Saturday Coalition," Deanne Healey said in an e-mail announcing the chamber's support. "We encourage all of you to shop small on November 24, 2012 and help spread the word. Let's make Small Business Saturday, the biggest shopping day of them all - we'll see you on Main Street!"
For more information on Small Business Saturday and other efforts to support local businesses in and around Peabody visit the official website of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce.