View Small Business Saturday commercial now showing at the Reel Deal Theater, click here. Courtesy/Chamber
Small Business Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30, is an opportunity for community members to show support and appreciation for local small businesses.
View Small Business Saturday commercial now showing at the Reel Deal Theater, click here.
How to be a part of Small Business Saturday
You can participate in as much or as little of Small Business Saturday as you like!
Register NOW for FREE to participate in Los Alamos & White Rock Small Business Saturday Nov. 30. Participants will be included on the map and can give out the Blue Bucks Raffle tickets, sponsored by Enterprise Bank & Trust, and possibly win $1,000 if your business gives away the winning ticket. You do not have to be a Chamber Member to participate. Chamber Members may register by visiting the Los Alamos Chamber Small Business Saturday webpage. Non-Chamber businesses should contact Ufemia Bernal Rios at 505.661.4816 or email@example.com to register. The registration deadline is Nov. 15 to be included in all marketing.
For Home-Based Businesses: A pop-up kiosk mall will be located at projectY cowork at 150 Central Park Square. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org at 505.661.4816 to register for free. Set-up begins at 8 a.m. with kiosk mall open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For Los Alamos Little Shops: Those interested in testing the concept of “Los Alamos Little Shops” can participate in the pop-up at The Family YMCA. Contact Diana Martinez at email@example.com to register. Fees: $25 for both days at the Y gym, BYO table & chairs and limited wall use; $40 for both days at the Y gym, table and chairs will be provided and limited wall use – this option is only available to 7 vendors. Registration fees will be donated to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign for scholarships and youth programs. Set-up begins at 8 a.m. with kiosk mall open 9 a.m.- to 4 p.m.
PLAN YOUR OFFER
Plan a sale. Make a coupon. Think about a giveaway. Create a Small Business Saturday food item for your menu. Do you have a unique item for us to put in the Los Alamos County Holiday Gift Guide? Let the Chamber know and it will be promoted!
CREATE MARKETING MATERIALS
Visit https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/promote to create & download FREE, customizable, ready-to-use marketing materials from American Express. As soon as we have the link to sign up for the free Small Business Saturday swag we will pass it along!
IDENTIFY ITEMS FOR THE ‘LOS ALAMOS COUNTY HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE’
The Chamber and Los Alamos MainStreet will be promoting gifts for those on your list who are hard to shop for. Let us know what unique merchandise or experiences you offer that might make the list for parents, kids or friends. What can they not find online, or only here in Los Alamos? Send your suggestions (and photos, if possible) to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 15, and we’ll be curating a list for shoppers!
HAND OUT ‘BLUE BUCKS RAFFLE’ TICKETS, SPONSORED BY ENTERPRISE BANK & TRUST
Your customers will be entered into an Enterprise Bank & Trust shop-local cash & prizes raffle drawing! In partnership with Enterprise Bank & Trust, we’re providing yet another incentive for consumers to shop local this holiday season! For every $25 a customer spends at your business, give them an Enterprise Bank & Trust ‘Blue Bucks Raffle’ ticket to fill out with their name, phone number & your business name (which you will collect), and they’ll have chance to win these great cash/gift card prizes, courtesy of Enterprise Bank & Trust: (1) $1,000 cash prize, (1) $500 cash prize, (2) $250 cash prizes, and many gift certificates! There’s an added incentive for you, too, with (1) $1,000 cash prize for the business that hands out the winning ticket! A Chamber representative will be visiting participating businesses to purchase gift cards or merchandise to be included as prizes.
This program will run 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29 – 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Tickets will be supplied to you by the Los Alamos Chamber and MainStreet. Businesses should turn in their customer’s tickets by 7 p.m. Dec. 6 to the Chamber – MainStreet office, in the Small Business Center at 190 Central Park Square. If businesses are unable to get tickets to the Chamber by this time, arrangements can be made by contacting the Chamber ahead of time. Winning raffle tickets will be drawn right before the Holiday Lights Parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 during WinterFest. Winners need not be present to claim their prize.
GIVE TO A CHARITY
A Small Business Saturday tradition in Los Alamos and White Rock is for the participating businesses to donate a portion of their Small Business Saturday proceeds to a nonprofit of their choice. This sets Los Alamos County apart from all other communities that observe American Express’ Small Business Saturday. The businesses each select what percentage, or flat dollar amount, they want to donate to a local, statewide, national or international charity! Anything goes, including choosing not to participate in the tradition. If you choose to give to a charity, please let us know so we can promote this!