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Give your customers a reason to shop and eat with you on Small Business Saturday.
posted in: Financial Wellness
by Valerie Hawkins

5 last-minute ideas for Small Business Saturday

We have a little bit of an obsession with small businesses. Here’s why:

So, when a holiday like Small Business Saturday comes up – we tend to geek out. And we want you to have the best one yet.

That’s why we polled some of the small businesses we work with and put together some last-minute ideas to help you have a successful Small Business Saturday.


  1. Offer incentives for shoppers 
    Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to reward consumers for stopping by.
    • Enter customers to win a shopping spree at your store or a meal for two at your restaurant.
    • If you have a loyalty program, give out extra punches for shopping that day.
  2. Team up with nearby businesses 
    Partner with other business on your block to promote each other's deals!
    • Post their specials in your store (and have them post your deals in theirs) by swapping promotional postcards or flyers. 
    •  Engage with each other on social media. Share each other’s posts or even collaborate on a few joint posts. 
  3. Support a local charity
    Consider donating part of your proceeds to a local charity. Consumers will already feel great about shopping local, but even better knowing their proceeds are going to a good cause. Be sure to choose a charity that’s connected with your mission. So, if you own a toy store, donate proceeds to a local children's hospital.

  4. Give your clients and experience
    Whether your Small Business Saturday shoppers are loyal customers or newbies, give them an experience to remember!
    • Provide refreshments, get out your customer service A-team, or throw up some festive decor. Make your customers feel special when they walk in your doors – because they are!
  5. Get Social
    Don't forget to utilize your social media channels to tell your business's story!
    • Showcase your deals or hot products with real-time photos or videos. 
    • Join the conversation and use event-specific hashtags, like #SmallBusinessSaturday, #ShopSmall or #DineSmall.
    • Ask customers to check-in on social media or leave page reviews. Incentive these actions with freebies or put up an eye-catching backdrop to encourage shareable selfies. 


What are some other Small Business Saturday ideas for business owners? Share below and good luck on a successful holiday shopping season!

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