The holiday season looks a little different this year, and small businesses need our help more than ever. More than half of all small business owners across the country are worried about permanently shutting their doors due to coronavirus, and nearly one in five anticipate their business won’t make it to the end of the year.
But we can change that story here in Edmond. With Small Business Saturday quickly approaching, we have an opportunity to pay it forward and support the businesses that make our community a great place to shop, dine, live, and grow.
To encourage residents to shop local, the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce and Edmond Economic Development Authority (EEDA) are partnering to offer a Small Business Saturday gift card rebate program. The two organizations have committed up to $10,000 in rebates to boost holiday shopping and give back to those who support small business owners in our community.
For every $100 spent at a business within Edmond city limits, patrons who submit their receipts will receive a $10 gift card to that restaurant or retailer. For example, if you spend $500 at a family-owned shop within Edmond city limits on Small Business Saturday, you will get a $50 gift card to that business.
“We want to bring together the spirit of giving and spirit of community this holiday season,” said Edmond Chamber President and CEO Sherry Jordan. “Our small businesses are the backbone of our community, and this is our chance to show how much we value them.”
Here are a few ways you can support local and shop safely this Small Business Saturday:
- Order takeout from your favorite restaurant
- Shop your favorite small retailer’s online store or wear a mask to browse in-store
- Purchase a gift card for a friend or family member
- Buy a meal for someone in need
Once you’ve shopped and dined, submit your receipts online dated November 28, 2020. All gift cards should be received by Wednesday, December 9, to ensure you can continue your holiday shopping with a little extra back in your pocket.
Rebates are first-come, first-served, and receipts must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2. For more details and requirements, visit edmondchamber.com/rebate.
Photo courtesy of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce
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About Ashley Neese
Ashley Neese is the Communications and Marketing Manager at the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce where she promotes Chamber events and helps members gain exposure. She also leads the Edmond Young Professionals organization and the Chamber’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Ashley grew up in Edmond and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2017 with a degree in Mass Communication. In her free time, she enjoys brewing coffee and finding the best local eats.