In an effort to support small business this holiday season while maintaining safe shopping amid the pandemic, the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is changing Small Business Saturday into Small Business Month in November, complete with potential prizes for both shoppers and businesses.
Small Business Saturday, which annually falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving–the day after what has become known as Black Friday–encourages holiday shoppers to support their local mom-and-pop stores on that particular day on the calendar.
“While the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce certainly encourages shoppers to visit their local businesses, asking them to do it all in one day doesn’t work during a pandemic,” chamber executive director Kaitlyn Fath said, “so we’re excited about promoting local holiday shopping during the entire season. Doing your shopping right here in Hillsboro during Small Business Month will make for a much merrier December.”
Shoppers can pick up a “Shop Small Business November” punch card at any local Hillsboro bank, and when they shop at ten different local businesses throughout November, they can enter a drawing for $100 in Chamber Bucks. Filled punch cards must be dropped back off at local banks by Dec. 1, and the drawing will be on Dec. 4.
Also, any local business that extends hours during November is eligible for a drawing for a free one-year membership in the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. To enter, email the chamber at email@example.com by Dec. 1.
Fath also reminded that nearly every Hillsboro business has an easy-to-navigate website for those who wish to do their holiday shopping from home. Even easier yet, visit hillsborochamber.net to purchase “Chamber Bucks,” gift certificates that are good at any Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce member.
To further help Hillsboro businesses during Small Business Month amid a pandemic, the chamber board of directors has pledged volunteers to help Hillsboro businesses keep track of store traffic required to meet coronavirus prevention guidelines on weekends during November.
“We realize that adding more staff to stand at the front door during the busy season may be a problem for some of our small businesses,” Fath said.
Hillsboro business who would like to request such help may call the chamber office at 217-532-3711.