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You Could Win a Prize When You Shop Local this Holiday Season

Posted on November 10, 2021 at 6:00 am

By Crystal Miller

Week-Long Small Business Saturday Shopping

Holiday shopping season is here! And we have a fun way to support local, small businesses by participating in our Small Business Saturday week-long event.

The event includes an easy activity that qualifies you for a prize drawing, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The prizes are gift cards to participating businesses!

This is the sixth year that Spokane County Library District has taken on the role of Neighborhood Champion for the American Express Shop Small event on Small Business Saturday. As a Neighborhood Champion, the library is an ambassador for the Shop Small cause—supporting, rallying, and bringing together local businesses and community members throughout the holidays and beyond.

District libraries in four communities are participating this year: Cheney, Deer Park, Medical Lake, and Millwood (Argonne Library).

Douglas LaBar, owner of The Mason Jar in Cheney, shared his thoughts about the event:

“Small Business Saturday with Spokane County Library District has been such a fun and engaging event, and we look forward to participating every year! It gives us a great opportunity to show off our business to locals and new customers as well. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season.”

New this year, the local holiday shopping event has expanded from one day on Small Business Saturday to a week-long event, giving you more time to shop:

Small Business Saturday: Shop Local All Week Long
Saturday, November 27–Saturday, December 4

List of participating businesses and map for each community

How to Enter the Prize Drawing

  1. Stop by a participating library on November 27 for the kickoff event or anytime during the week to pick up a Shop Small passport and tote (while supplies last).
  2. Visit participating businesses listed on the Shop Small passport.
  3. Get your passport stamped at each participating business you visit.
  4. When you’re done shopping, bring your Shop Small passport back to the library by December 4 to be entered into the prize drawing!

The library is holding a drawing at each participating location for each winner’s choice of participating businesses. For more details, check out the news post for this Shop Small event.

The Neighborhood Champion libraries are:

Argonne Library (Millwood)
4322 N Argonne Rd (Spokane)

Cheney Library
610 First St (Cheney)

Deer Park Library
208 S Forest Ave (Deer Park)

Medical Lake Library
321 E Herb St (Medical Lake)

Benefits of Shopping Small

Shopping local, small businesses helps support and grow healthy, thriving communities. Lucky for us, Spokane County is home to a variety of local businesses that you can visit, shop at, and support. Small Business Saturday is the perfect time to shop for the holidays while planning on spending your dollars towards supporting local, small businesses.

There are many benefits to shopping small, and an article from Forbes.com (5 Benefits of Shopping Locally on Small Business Saturday) lists these five:

  1. Creating More Local Jobs: “When we shop locally, more of our money stays local, so it has a direct positive impact on creating more jobs,” says Any Hartzler, director of communications for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.
  2. Enhancing Diversity: “Products from local artisans or producers allow consumers to share the special culture or characteristics of a local area with friends and family around the globe.”
  3. Strengthening Local Networks: Hartzler says, “It becomes an ecosystem of businesses that support each other.”
  4. Boosting Environmental Sustainability: “As entrepreneurship grows, you see people who are more deeply committed to their communities showing up in more ways than just running a business,” Hartzler said.
  5. Increasing Real Estate Values: “Neighborhoods served by successful small businesses see home values increase 50 percent on average, according to the alliance.”

These are just some of the great reasons to support your local small businesses. I hope we’ll see you at the SCLD Small Business Saturday kickoff event on November 27! And I hope you find some great locally made and regional gifts to share with your family and friends.

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