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The UC Merced Small Business Development Center and the Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce celebrate the 10th Annual Small Business Saturday® by hosting a week-long Passport Stop event as an American Express® Neighborhood Champion.
MERCED – NOVEMBER 25, 2019: The UC Merced Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as members of the American Express® Neighborhood Champion Program, announced today that they will host a week-long Passport event as part of Small Business Saturday, which launches on Nov 30th. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday celebrates the impact that small businesses have on communities across the country.
Beginning on Saturday November 30th, between 9AM-1PM, shoppers may get their Passport stamped at participating local businesses in Merced who will be offering discounts, giveaways, and in-store raffles. Shoppers who turn in their Passports with 10 or more stamps by 1PM will be entered into a drawing for raffle prizes that day. The Passport Stop event will also extend from Saturday, November 30th until noon on Friday, December 6th, where shoppers may have a greater chance of winning prizes. All Passports are due by Friday, December 6th at noon, and must be turned in to the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce at 531 W Main St., Merced, CA 95340.
This year’s celebration is the 10th Annual Small Business Saturday, marking a decade of support from American Express for local business owners. Since it started in 2010, consumers have reported spending an estimated $103 billion across all Small Business Saturdays combined. 1 That’s $103 billion toward helping communities thrive, spent over just nine days alone.
In order to encourage shoppers to Shop Small® on Nov 30th, the UC Merced SBDC and the Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are participating in the American Express® Neighborhood Champion Program to spotlight small businesses and the impact they have on communities. An average of two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent at a small business in the U.S. stays in that local community.2 That means shopping small could help strengthen schools, build smoother roads, and bring new jobs to neighborhoods across the country.
Merchants and consumers can learn more about Small Business Saturday, and how to get involved by visiting http://bit.ly/shopsmallmerced.
Jennifer Butler, Marketing and Communications Specialist
UC Merced Small Business Development Center
Contact at American Express:
Megan. C. Hunsicker
About Small Business Saturday
November 30th, 2019, marks the 10th Annual Small Business Saturday, a celebration of small businesses and the positive impact they have on communities across the country. American Express, having created Small Business Saturday in 2010, proudly works with organizations and independent businesses to provide solutions that support communities and uplift local economies. Learn more and connect with us on ShopSmall.com, Instagram.com/ShopSmall, and Facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday
1 This spend statistic is an aggregate of the average spend as reported by consumers in surveys commissioned by American Express reporting spend habits on Small Business Saturday of consumers who were aware of the day. It does not reflect actual receipts or sales. Each such survey was conducted among a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults. The surveys had an overall margin of error of between +/- 2.0% and +/- 5.47%, at the 95% level of confidence. The data was projected from the samples based on then-current U.S. Census estimates of the U.S. adult population (18+).
2 The statistic cited is an estimate based on calculations using data on small businesses with under 100 employees from the U.S. Small Business Administration, as reported in the 2018 Small Business Economic Impact Study conducted by Econsult Solutions, Inc. (ESI) on behalf of American Express.