Small-Business-SaturdayThe Think Local First campaign is gearing up for Small Business Saturday and for Think Local First for Christmas!

Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday (November 29th), held every year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, was created by American Express in 2010 to support the small businesses that create jobs and boost the economy. Since its inception, Small Business Saturday has served as the ceremonial kickoff to the busy holiday shopping season for independently-owned businesses.

The Chamber is really excited to be participating for the first time. We’ll be promoting the businesses that will be open and participating in Small Business Saturday with posters around town and on the Think Local First Facebook page. Stop in at the Chamber and pick up your “Shop Small” button and wear it with pride! On that Saturday, if you make a qualifying purchase at one of the participating businesses, not only will you be supporting our community and your local economy, but you’ll receive one of the 300 “Shop Small” canvas tote bags available, while supplies last.TLF logo

There are so many great ways to do your Christmas shopping locally: tools for your handyman from G&R Auto Parts or Clark Lumber, unique gifts or antiques from Miss Lizzy’s or Prairie Chic, a bottle of their favorite wine or spirit from Sullivan’s or Barnes Heartland Liquor, a subscription to the Herington Times, candles or home décor from Kay’s or Signature Homestyles, beauty products from Mary Kay, a gift certificate from one of our local restaurants or for a beauty treatment from First Impressions or Shear Joy. Show those you love that you really care with a thoughtful gift from a local merchant!

honkOur Think Local First Anniversary Week is over and a rousing success!

Chardy Bayes, the Chairperson of the Think Local First program, and I want to make sure and thank all the people who volunteered to make the celebration happen.

Big thanks are due to Larrie Fisher for watching the Chamber office all week and keeping things rolling there!

Thank you to all of our attesters who turned out to the 5 Open Houses, holding signs and shouting: Kevin & Rose Bayes, Ed Mueller, Kristen Korgol (who also made a great new “Honk” sign), Brandan Sneath, Ray Perez, Becky Mowat, and Virginia and DJ Neuberger. We also couldn’t have done it without all our young citizen attesters! It does our hearts good to see our kids getting involved and preaching the message of Think Local First.

We enjoyed all of the great entries into our coloring contest and the entries we received from our middle school and high school kids in the Promo Contests!

We want to give special recognition to Virginia and DJ as longtime supporters of the Think Local First program. They both participated in the action group that created the program and one of the two of them have been at almost every Cash Mob since then; always wearing their Think Local First buttons!

Thank you to all of our Cash Mob groupies that faithfully attend all of our events and to each of the businesses that hosted our inaugural Open Houses and thank you to all of our Think Local First participating businesses that have made the first year such a success.

And as always, my heartfelt thanks to the man who does so much behind the scenes; my very best friend and supporter, my husband Dave. I don’t think anyone really knows how much he does that makes everything that I do possible!