Small Business Saturday was declared a success even though the pandemic kept some at home however, shoppers who participated wore masks and practiced social distancing.
American Express began Small Business Saturday during the recession of 2010 in an effort to promote small businesses in communities to help them stay afloat. All 50 states participate in Small Business Saturday in some way. It is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving every year.
According to Portland Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator Kristen Daughtry, the chamber signs up every year as a Neighborhood Champion in an effort to support local businesses and the community by encouraging people to shop local and support small businesses.
“We created the Shop Local Holiday Passport as a way to encourage people in the community to support as many local businesses as they can in a fun way. While out shopping, many of the local businesses we visited were very busy and seemed very pleased with the way the day had been going,” Daughtry said. “We want to encourage people to continue to support our local businesses not just on Small Business Saturday, but year-round.”
The chamber’s Shop Local Holiday Passport began Nov. 16 and ends on Dec. 14. Passports can be picked up at the chamber or at the participating businesses. Customers collect stamps by making purchases or paying for services and getting their passports stamped. The passports must be turned in to the chamber by Dec. 14, and prizes are drawn on Dec. 15. The grand prize is $250.