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Fredonia celebrating Small Business Saturday

The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce will use Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, as the start of its Small Business Week. Shoppers are invited to stop in the information booth at Barker Common and pick up a shopping passport. They have a week to get their passport stamped by local businesses, and can then be entered into a drawing that will take place the following weekend during Festival Fredonia’s Miracle on Main Street. Shown are members of the Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce getting ready for Small Business Saturday and Small Business Week. Submitted Photo.

The Fredonia Chamber of Commerce celebrates the 10th Annual Small Business Saturday by hosting a village-wide celebration as an American Express Neighborhood Champion.

The Fredonia Chamber of Commerce announced today that, as a member of the American Express Neighborhood Champion Program, it will host an event as part of Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Nov. 30. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday celebrates the impact small businesses have on communities across the country.

The Fredonia Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with your local businesses, are opening their doors, hosting individual events, and promoting their unique offerings so that you — our community members — may experience firsthand how easy and convenient it is to shop small and keep your dollars within our community to help it thrive. The Fredonia Chamber of Commerce and Festivals Fredonia are joining forces to extend this into a week-long event, culminating in the MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET event taking place downtown, in the Grange and at participating locations throughout Fredonia. Pick up your passport at the Information Booth in Barker Common on Small Business Saturday, and use that as a guide to visit participating businesses and get 12 stamps to be eligible to win a Shoptauqua gift card!

This year’s celebration is the 10th Annual Small Business Saturday, marking a decade of support from American Express for local business owners. Since it started in 2010, consumers have reported spending an estimated $103 billion across all Small Business Saturdays combined. That’s $103 billion toward helping communities thrive, spent over just nine days alone.

In order to drive shoppers to Shop Small this Nov. 30, The Fredonia Chamber of Commerce is participating in the American Express Neighborhood Champion Program to spotlight small businesses and the impact they have on communities. An average two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent at a small business in the U.S. stays in that local community. That means shopping small could help bring things like better schools, smoother roads and new jobs to neighborhoods across the country.

The Fredonia Chamber of Commerce is working toward total involvement with our businesses and participating with other entities such as Festivals Fredonia, the Grange, the Village Mayor and the Trustees.

Anyone who would like to volunteer is asked to contact the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce at 366-6200.

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