The Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center, the Downtown Partnership, the Southern Colorado SBDC and small businesses throughout the region have worked to bring specials and events on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30.
Merchants and businesses from Cañon City to Monument will offer discounts and specials on the fourth annual Small Business Saturday. The event marks a day to support local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods.
Organizers encourage shoppers to download the Southern Colorado Guide to Shopping and Events and enjoy specials. The SBDC has encouraged business owners to post specials, extended hours and events to the Southern Colorado Small Business Saturday Facebook Page, which shoppers can view.
Saturday, parking meters will be free all day, and there will be several one-day only specials at many stores throughout downtown.
Other activities include free concerts at Acacia Park, Andy Clifton & Co., from 1-4 p.m., and the Children’s Chorale from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
The Original Dickens Carolers will stroll downtown with their own holiday musical melodies from 3-5 p.m., and children are invited to visit with Santa and have their photo taken with him at 113 E. Bijou St., from 2-5 p.m.
The tree at Acacia Park will be lit at 5:30, and ice skating will continue to 9:30 p.m. that day.
Don’t worry about packing a snack, as food venders will be in and around Acacia Park all day.
Awareness of Small Business Saturday has steadily increased in the past two years. Downtown Colorado Springs provides multiple options for people to shop local, including gourmet food stores, clothing, bakeries, gift/novelty and restaurants.
“When people shop at small and independent businesses, a much larger share of the money they spend stays in the local economy,” said Susan Edmondson, president and CEO of the Downtown Partnership.
Studies show local retailers return 52 percent of their revenue to the local economy, compared to 14 percent for the national chain retailers. Similarly, local restaurants recirculate an average of 79 percent of their revenue locally, compared to only 30 percent for chain restaurants.
For a list of local participating businesses, visit the SBDC website.
For more information on Small Business Saturday and the national Shop Small campaign visit https://www.americanexpress.com/us/content/small-business/shop-small/about/#second-layout.