The Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is part of a professional committee supporting local restaurants and retailers for Small Business Saturday. This group, known as the Small Business Week of Southwestern Illinois, reached out to area chambers to create a unique shopping experience in support of local small businesses.
The Greater Belleville, Collinsville, Edwardsville-Glen Carbon, Metro East (Fairview-Swansea), O’Fallon-Shiloh and the Troy-Maryville-St. Jacob-Marine chambers of commerce joined the effort supporting small businesses.
Together, these chambers across Madison and St. Clair Counties solicited companies to spotlight themselves on a “passport” in an effort to promote their respective establishments and garner more customers during COVID-19. The size of the passport was limited, and only 16 businesses are featured from Madison and St. Clair Counties, respectively. Local retailers and restaurant owners were quick to offer prizes in appreciation of their patrons.
Shoppers originally had from Sunday, Nov. 22 through Saturday, Nov. 28 (Small Business Saturday) to stamp their “passport” at all 16 local establishments for a chance to win a prize. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, shoppers are welcome to purchase online (if available) or take advantage of curbside or delivery options.
The promotion was met with such enthusiasm that the group extended the shopping opportunity through Tuesday, Dec. 15. Just return the passport via email (scan or take a picture of the completed passport) by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 15 to [email protected] Winners will be announced, as prizes last, on Wednesday, Dec. 16.
This is a great opportunity for business owners to advertise and generate traffic for the upcoming holidays. SBDC Director, Jo Ann Di Maggio May appreciates the support of all the chambers and the entire SBWSBIL committee, “It truly takes a team effort to help small businesses survive and thrive.”
To obtain a “passport” and support small business, reach out to the local chamber or contact the Illinois SBDC for the Metro East at [email protected]