Chambers promote ‘Small Business Saturday’
Chambers of commerce in Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt and Aspen are promoting Small Business Saturday as a locally-focused follow-up to today’s Black Friday sales at national stores.
“Small Business Saturday is a day for dedicating a portion of holiday shopping to local, independently owned small businesses,” said Angie Anderson, vice president of operations for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.
Many local businesses in the valley are planning customer specials, refreshments and evening hours to make Saturday a fun shopping day.
“The dollars you spend in your local stores stay closer to home than in the bigger corporate stores,” said Cindy Svatos, sales clerk for Confetti Design, a women’s clothing boutique in downtown Glenwood Springs – where doors will stay open until 7 p.m. Saturday and customers can nosh on refreshments while shopping.
“At locally owned stores, customers have more personal service. The staff will remember who you are, what you have in your closet,” she added.
American Express started Small Business Saturday in 2010 to build demand for products and services sold and provided by local small businesses. The credit card service is offering a $25 credit on its customers’ monthly statement if they make a purchase at a small business on Small Business Saturday.
“Our retailers were positive about Small Business Saturday last year, so we are enthusiastic about promoting it again,” said Marianne Virgili, president and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber.
“Local chambers of commerce recognize the importance of small businesses in our area, the jobs they create and the culture they instill in local communities,” Virgili said.
“I can go to a mall in Denver,” Svatos said, “and every store is going to be selling the same thing. But the little local boutiques are different. They all carry different items.”
And what’s hot at Confetti Design?
Fuzzy vests, leggings and scarves made in the U.S. by Vine Street, Svatos said.
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