City, GSI encourage shopping 'small'
Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.
The City of Spokane and Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) are partnering to encourage shoppers to support small, local businesses on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28.
In 2010 American Express launched Small Business Saturday, and in 2011 it became a day officially recognized by the US Senate. Small Business Saturday is celebrated across the country on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
“With everything that happened in the aftermath of last week’s windstorm, this is such an important Small Business Saturday for Spokane,” said Mayor Condon. “Many local small businesses were impacted and we, as a community, can help give them and our entire economy a much-needed boost as we return to normal.”
GSI has partnered with local businesses in advance of this year’s event, and has been featuring one small business each day for 30 days leading up to Small Business Saturday.
Local small businesses interested in participating in Spokane’s Small Business Saturday can find more info on GSI’s website.
“At GSI we know that small businesses have a really big impact on our local economy,” said Small Business Programs & Services Manager, Heather Hamlin. “Forty-two percent of our member businesses have 10 or fewer employees; and 76% employ 50 or fewer people. Our commitment as Spokane’s Small Business Saturday Neighborhood Champion perfectly illustrates GSI’s renewed dedication to continued, concentrated programming that strengthens and enhances the greater-Spokane region’s small business community – on November 28 and every other day of the year.”
Local businesses committed to Spokane’s Small Business Saturday include:
Businesses that would like to participate in the day by displaying a Small Business Saturday poster in their storefront can pick up free posters at any Numerica Credit Union location.
Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) is your region's Chamber of Commerce and economic development organization. GSI works to create something greater for the greater-Spokane region by connecting businesses to valuable relationships and resources, driving initiatives to improve our region, and advocating for business with a unified voice. To learn more, visit greaterspokane.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.