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Celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 26th

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On Saturday, November 26th, the Small Business Saturday® Celebration will commence at the “Christmas Market on the Square” from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Come pose for a photo opp in your “Ugly Christmas Sweater” for a chance to win a Christmas Market gift certificate, let the kids have some fun at the Christmas Cookie Decorating Station, listen to festive holiday music, and pick up free canvas tote bags stuffed with coupons and specials being offered by local small businesses.  The celebration will be held at the Downtown Farmers Market at the corner of 9th & Main Streets in Downtown Hopkinsville.

On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Mayor Carter Hendricks and Judge/Executive Steve Tribble will issue a proclamation declaring November 26, 2016 as Small Business Saturday ® in Hopkinsville and Christian County.  Joining the City of Hopkinsville and the County of Christian will be the Christian County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Hopkinsville’s Downtown Renaissance Program, and local small business owners announcing their participation in the seventh annual Small Business SaturdayFounded by American Express® in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support their neighborhoods and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Now in its seventh year, Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride.

Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, the Christian County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hopkinsville’s Downtown Renaissance Program are pleased to announce their participation in Small Business Saturday and the Neighborhood Champion program.  On November 26th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the greater Hopkinsville-Christian County area is encouraged to take part in the Small Business Saturday Celebration at the “Christmas Market on the Square.”  The event will feature holiday music, a Christmas Cookie Decorating Station, food vendors, locally crafted gifts for purchase, and there will be an opportunity to pose in your “Ugly Christmas Sweater” for a chance to win a Christmas Market gift certificate.   Shoppers can stop by to support local businesses and receive giveaways like buttons, t-shirts, and other prizes.  

American Express created the Neighborhood Champion program to help rally communities around Small Business Saturday and is working alongside numerous business organizations to support local Small Business Saturday celebrations throughout the country. Participating organizations include the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), the International Downtown Association, The Latino Coalition, the National Main Street Center, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  

Mayor Hendricks noted “Our local small businesses are a significant factor in our community’s overall health.  Representing 96.7 percent of all employers across the Commonwealth, small businesses employ 47.8 percent of the private-sector labor force (Small Business Profile, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy, February 2013).  We salute and support our local small businesses and recognize the passion, dedication and commitment they continue to offer each day as they embark upon their mission of providing our residents and visitors with excellent local retail options.  Small Business Saturday ® is just one more way of being able to celebrate our local entrepreneurs and we’re excited to be a part of the national movement.”

Small business owners can learn more about taking part in Small Business Saturday and download free marketing materials on www.shopsmall.com. Consumers can also visit the site to find small businesses to shop at on Small Business Saturday.

About Small Business Saturday

November 26th marks the seventh annual Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers.

The mission of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce is “to provide service and vigorous leadership on behalf of our members resulting in a prosperous economy for all citizens in Christian County.”  The mission of the City of Hopkinsville’s Downtown Renaissance Program is “to undertake community development activities in the Downtown Renaissance Area to provide an attractive, accessible, sustainable, walkable business-friendly hub that honors our past and welcomes our future.”  For additional information regarding the Small Business Saturday ® Celebration, please contact Kirstie Darnall at 270.885.9096 or Holly Boggess at 270.887.4285.