Small businesses are making themselves known in a big way on Nov. 25 with Small Business Saturday.
As a smaller, local business, competing with mega-retailers and enormous companies is a challenge, but the competition is spiked tenfold by the presence of Black Friday.
Small town businesses don’t have the luxury of slashing prices 75 percent, but the Polk County Chamber of Commerce is working to level the playing field by offering incentives to shop local. The event starts with customers grabbing a Shopping Passport from each city’s welcome station. Rockmart’s station is located 133 S. Marble St., and Cedartown’s is located at 306 S. Main St. The passport has details about each participating business including location and goods, and spending $10 or more at any business will earn passport stamps. Those who fill the passport can return to the chamber offices to be entered into a gift-basket giveaway where a winner will be drawn on Friday, Dec. 1.
The gift basket’s contents vary, but the organizers have plans for gift certificates from chamber members and other goods. Participating Chamber member businesses include Cedartown’s Holmes for Her, Holmes Clothing, Bussey’s Florist and Gifts, and Rockmart’s The Perch on Marble, Morgan ACE Hardware, Now and Then, and Smith & Lockwood.
Regular Cedartown businesses participating in the event including Kiela’s Photo Lab, Southern Sass Boutique, music Depot, Southern Charmed Boutique, McBrayer Furniture, Georgia Computer Depot, Vase Floral Expressions, Merle Normal Cosmetics, and The Brave Sparrow in Cedartown.
Regular Rockmart businesses include Soli’s, What’s New Consignment and Boutique, Relaxation Corner, Lovely Living, Chick N Scratch, and Treasured Thriftique Antique Mall.
“Our local businesses are geared up for Small Business Saturday and will have lots of great sales and items to check off your Holiday gift list,” the chamber’s Mandy Mallicoat said. “Our small businesses are the Heart of our Community. They are our neighbors, friends, and family and are invested in seeing that our community’s future thrives. When you support our small businesses, you are also helping their children learn to dance, or go to college. You are helping them provide for their families and in return they are giving back to the community to support programs for our youth and our economic growth. I encourage everyone to come out and support our small businesses in our downtown’s and across our community on Nov. 25, and every day. Let’s make our community great.”
Small Business Saturday is a nation-wide shopping holiday held to recognize small businesses’ contributions to their communities. Always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is held on one of the busiest shopping periods of the year.