Businesses to offer incentives during ‘Shop Small’ event

IRON RIVER—The Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance (The Alliance), in collaboration with many in the local business community, has announced it will promote local shopping specials and give away free refreshments on Small Business Saturday with official endorsement from the nationally-recognized “Shop Small” campaign. The event will take place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24.
    Local businesses will hold merchandise sales and specials, and shoppers can start their day with free coffee, donuts, a free coupon booklet of local savings and free Shop Small merchandise at one of two Shop Small welcome stations. These welcome stations, located at the Chamber of Commerce in Iron River and the Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Small Business Saturday.
    “Small Business Saturday is about bringing awareness to the importance of locally-owned businesses,” said Erika Lindwall, chamber director of the ICECA. “These businesses are essential to our local economic and community wellness – they sponsor community events, support school sports and educational initiatives and get requests nearly daily for donations and contributions. They are worth supporting, and small purchases can make a big difference.”
    To further incentivize shopping local, Lindwall indicated that purchases made on Small Business Saturday will receive double entries in the quarterly Shop Where Your Heart Is drawing, in which entrants can win up to $200 in prizes by submitting receipts from now through the end of December to the Chamber Alliance office in Iron River, Charlie’s Emporium in Crystal Falls or via Facebook message to the Alliance.
    To learn more about how the importance of small businesses and get details on this year’s Small Business Saturday event, visit www.iron.org/shopsmall or call the Chamber Alliance office at 265-3822.