24 Nov Celebrate Small Business Saturday in the Race to Shop Local
Celebrate Small Business Saturday in the Race to Shop Local
Morehead City, N.C. (November 24, 2020) – November 28, 2020, is Small Business Saturday. In a typical year, the Small Business Center at Carteret Community College would celebrate Small Business Saturday by hosting Neighborhood Champion events for local businesses to provide the business owners with materials to promote #ShopSmall. However, 2020 is not a typical year due to the Coronavirus. The staff at the Small Business Center had to rethink how to celebrate Small Business Saturday.
This year, rather than neighborhood events, the Small Business Center will host The Race to Shop Local on November 28. This will shift the focus to not only the business owners promoting Small Business Saturday, but also their shoppers.
“It’s even more important this year for people to shop locally. The Coronavirus has had a huge negative impact on many local businesses,” said Brandy Bell, Director of the Small Business Center at Carteret Community College. “Every time you buy a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop or takeout from the restaurant down the street, you are shopping at a small business and making a difference to those business owners.”
Here’s how individuals can participate:
- Purchase items from a local small business. Then, post a picture of your purchases on social media, tagging the business and the Small Business Center using these hashtags: #SmBizSatVirutalRun #EntryPurchase #ShopSmall. The post will serve as your “entry fee.”
- On November 28 (Small Business Saturday), run or walk and then post a picture on social media telling how far you went. Tag the business where you purchased your “entry fee” item and the Small Business Center using these hashtags: #SmBizSatVirtualRun #isupportlocalbusiness #ShopSmall
- Stop by the Small Business Center to pick up your #ShopSmall Bag and participation certificate.
“Our goal is to generate social media buzz about shopping locally and featuring products Carteret County businesses have to offer,” said Bell. “The virtual run participants will show what they are purchasing, and their social media contacts will see them. Hopefully, the posts will inspire others to shop small to help local business owners.”
If you are interested in learning more about The Race to Shop Local or the Small Business Center at Carteret Community College, call 252-222-6123 or visit www.Carteret.edu.