SAULT STE. MARIE — Downtown Sault Ste. Marie will have a good time small companies this weekend by collaborating in a nationwide occasion sponsored by American Categorical.
In 2010, the bank card firm American Categorical started Small Enterprise Saturday as a option to encourage folks to buy at small, native companies.
The Downtown Improvement Authority of Sault Ste. Marie has participated on this occasion for greater than 10 years. In accordance with the DDA, each greenback spent at a small enterprise is 67 cents that continues to be within the native financial system, and occasions like this that encourage folks to buy domestically helps enhance the world’s financial system.
Round 45 totally different companies based mostly in downtown Sault Ste. Marie are collaborating in bringing offers to customers. Lots of the collaborating companies are based mostly on the principle streets of Portage and Ashmun, however companies that aren’t in the principle downtown space are additionally collaborating.
“It does not simply embrace companies on Portage and Ashmun,” mentioned DDA Director Stephanie Sprecker. “It contains many companies in shut proximity of these predominant streets, a majority of the downtown companies are collaborating.”
The occasion covers companies in any a part of the downtown island and neighboring streets.
The hours of the occasion, as hosted by the DDA, are from 10 a.m. on Nov. 26 till 4 p.m., however the collaborating companies have chosen their very own hours and will probably be providing their reductions all the time they’re open on Saturday.
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The day begins on the Avery Middle on Ashmun Avenue at 10 a.m. with a Christmas tree lighting.
“We will be lighting up a Christmas tree within the foyer,” mentioned Sprecker. “It is a actually fairly venue to have a welcome occasion.”
Since each store and restaurant has their very own particular person gross sales happening, the DDA has collected an inventory of all the collaborating companies and their reductions and gross sales. This listing will solely be launched on the day of the occasion on the Avery Middle.
“I am not releasing that listing of gross sales and reductions till the welcome occasion as a result of I need folks to return downtown to study what these specials are,” mentioned Sprecker.
The welcoming occasion on the Avery Middle will final till midday.
Collaborating customers can even have an opportunity to win a $50 money prize over social media.
Collaborating customers who take a selfie inside a retailer collaborating within the occasion and submit that picture to Fb with the captions #shopsmall and #DowntownSault might be entered to take part in a drawing.
Each qualifying picture will probably be positioned into the drawing and three winners will probably be chosen at random to obtain $50 in money.
Go to the Downtown Sault Fb web page for extra particulars.
— Contact Brendan Wiesner: BWiesner@Sooeveningnews.com