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Support Local Businesses on Small Business Saturday!

November 29, 2014   |   11 am
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Historic Downtown Bristol Recognizes Small Businesses by Celebrating Small Business Saturday®

Believe in Bristol has announced participation in the fifth annual Small Business Saturday on November 29th to support independent businesses in Historic Downtown Bristol TN/VA. Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support your neighborhood and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride.

Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, Believe in Bristol is pleased to announce our participation in Small Business Saturday and the Neighborhood Champion program. On November 29th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Believe in Bristol would like to encourage you to take part in Small Business Saturday. Be sure to stop by to support local businesses and receive Shop Small® giveaways like tote bags, buttons and balloons while supplies last.

Did you know that more money spent at a locally owned business stays in our community to support schools, emergency services, roads, and jobs? When you buy from a locally owned business more of your money is used to purchase from other local businesses – a multiplier effect of at least 3. Local businesses utilize other business services such as print shops, local attorneys, local CPAs, etc. National companies use these services out of our area. So this holiday season remember to support a local business with your purchases.

Believe in Bristol is also excited to announce a partnership with Bank of Tennessee in encouraging everyone to support locally owned businesses as they are shopping and eating out this holiday season. “We know people will still buy online and at big box retailers. But if we all can commit to buying a few things at a locally owned store that will make a huge impact on our local economy” stated Rebecca White, Marketing Director, Bank of Tennessee. Bank of Tennessee is a locally owned and operated company. They understand the challenges that small businesses face when competing against a large national chain. While nationally owned companiesprovide valuable services to our community, Bank of Tennessee would like to show their support and help other locally owned small businesses. Bank of Tennessee will be providing radio coverage for Historic Downtown Bristol on Saturday, November 29th, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, listen on WAEZ. Be sure to visit www.bankoftennessee.com for a SHOP LOCAL section that will educate you on the benefits of supporting local.

American Express created the Neighborhood Champions program to help rally communities around Small Business Saturday and is working alongside numerous business organizations to support local Small Business Saturday celebrations throughout the country. Participating organizations include the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), the International Downtown Association, the Latino Coalition, the National Main Street Center, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Small business owners can learn more about taking part in Small Business Saturday and download free marketing materials on www.shopsmall.com. For more information about Believe in Bristol please visit www.believeinbristol.org.