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Posted on: January 20, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Small Business Saturday Kicks Off the 2018 Holiday Shopping Season

1/20/2018 - Small Business Saturday Kicks Off the 2018 Holiday Shopping Season

The annual American Express Small Business Saturday kicks off the 2018 holiday shopping season November 24th at businesses across the Bridgeport region. The BRBC encourages everyone to get out and shop local!

Three of our Greater Bridgeport Region’s municipalities are partnering with local business organizations to promote Small Business Saturday beginning on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

The City of Bridgeport, the Downtown Special Services District, I LUV BPT, the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC), and the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce along with the Town of Stratford and the Stratford Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Trumbull and the Trumbull Chamber of Commerce, and the Bridgeport Regional Business Council are teaming up with small businesses across the region to promote and encourage shopping local and shopping small this holiday season starting with “Shop Small Business Saturday.”

Small Business Saturday, a shop local incentive supported and advertised by American Express and held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, has become the latest way to show support for small, independently-owned and operated businesses across the country.

Following the lead of other cities and towns that have been bringing Shop Small to their communities over the years, this year there will be a host of initiatives in Bridgeport, Stratford and Trumbull to get the community out and shopping.

There will be a “Welcome Station” at the Arcade Mall in Bridgeport where shoppers can obtain shopping bags, maps, a list of promotions and discounts, and enter to win fun prizes for downtown Bridgeport businesses and venues.

Connecticut Small Business Development Advisor, Valeria G. Bisceglia, who advises businesses in the Greater Bridgeport area, is thrilled about collaborating with so many local partners interested in making this a strong and popular community event.

“Small Business Saturday is a wonderful way to support downtown and regional businesses. Small business owners bring life to the community and help create jobs, it’s a great way for everyone to show them appreciation. By shopping locally, consumers are raising money to support their schools, fire and police department, even their roads."

Downtown Special Services District President/CEO, Lauren Coakley Vincent fully supports the Small Business Saturday campaign. It’s all about being ‘local'.

“Do you know the best way to love your local this year and show your Bridgeport pride? It’s to show up on Small Business Saturday and support the wonderful, diverse tapesrty of small businesses we have in the Downtown and across the city,” Coakley Vincent says.

I LUV BPT, a branding and community development agency committed to strengthening Bridgeport through social engagement, economic empowerment, and cultural awareness is also on board with Shop Small Saturday. Kelvin Ayala, an I LUV BPT collaborator, owner of Moe’s Burger, and partner in the new Collab Exchange at 1123 Main Street, speaks to the importance of involving everyone in the community in this effort.

“Small businesses and local entrepreneurs in Bridgeport help sustain the city and many of them constantly give back to the community. This initiative serves as a reminder to unite our neighbors and help each other grow,” says Ayala.

By using American Express' passports, which can be obtained at the Welcome Station, shoppers will be able to take advantage of discounts and enter to win additional prizes to local businesses.

In addition to downtown Bridgeport businesses, the communities of Stratford and Trumbull are also participating in the event. The Chief Elected Officials of both towns have initiated proclamations in support of Shop Small Saturday.

Stratford’s Mayor, Laura Hoydick reminds us, “We often forget how important our small businesses are to the health and well being of our local economies. The Annual Shop Small event is a great way to say thank you to local small business owners, many of whom are also our friends and neighbors.”

Link here to see Mayor Hoydick’s Shop Small Proclamation video

And Vicki Tesoro, First Selectman of the Town of Trumbull states, “Small, local businesses are the lifeblood of our Trumbull economy. I want to encourage everyone to visit our shops and buy local as often as possible this holiday season and every day. Buying local keeps your money in our economy to generate even more benefit.”

Link here to read Town of Trumbull Shop Small Day Proclamation

Check out participating stores in all our communities:

Bridgeport: ShopSmallBridgeport

Stratford: ShopSmallStratford

Trumbull: ShopSmallTrumbull

The BRBC is launching social media campaigns this week so shoppers can stay connected with the excitement throughout the region.

The BRBC's new President & CEO, Dan Onofrio, adds his support for the Shop Small initiative with these words, "I am most happy that the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and its affiliate Chambers of Commerce in Bridgeport, Stratford, and Trumbull are able to coordinate an effort with our small business owners and other organizations throughout the region in support of Small Business Saturday.

It’s important for our organization to do what we can to promote our members and small businesses throughout the region. By shopping local it keeps our hard-earned dollars in our local economy."

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