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Buy Local this Holiday Season

"When we spend it here, we keep it here, so let's keep it local!"

What: The Chamber and the Carrboro Business Alliance (CBA) invite you to #shopsmall and #buylocal this holiday season. (Read The Chamber's 2021 announcement)

Why: Every time you make a purchase at a local business, you support local jobs and help preserve the local character of the community.

Fact: 67 cents of every dollar spent at a local business stays in the community (Small Business Economic Impact Study, American Express).

When: Support small, local businesses this entire 2021 holiday shopping season, especially on Small Business Saturday, which is the Saturday after Thanksgiving (11/27). Help us turn Monday (11/29) into Local Cyber Monday and send serious love to our local nonprofits on Giving Tuesday (11/30). Shop small at the ArtsCenter Elf Market (12/04) and buy local all season long!

Actions - If you are a small business owner or manager:

  1. Learn more about Small Business Saturday and get your business added to the Small Business Saturday Map.
  2. Download free, customizable Small Business Saturday assets.
  3. Update your google listing so shoppers can find you, your store hours, and your Covid-conscious operations.
  4. Follow the Chamber on social media (facebooktwitterinstagram) and use the hashtags #ShopSmall, #BuyLocal, #LocalMatters, and #SafeCommerce.
  5. Feature your holiday gift ideas online, which The Chamber can help promote!

Actions - If you are a local resident:

  1. Join Chamber staff and commit to buy 100% of your holiday gifts from small, local businesses this holiday season. You can mask-up and shop in-person; order online for shipping, delivery, or curbside pick-up; buy gift cards, services, and experiences; and shop at the farmers’ markets and sign up for a CSA.
  2. Stop-by the Carrboro Farmers' Market on Small Business Saturday (11/27) to pick-up a swag bag compliments of the Carrboro Business Alliance (from 9-10am while supplies last!).
  3. Buy local online. Visit The Chamber's Member Directory to find a local businesses by category, especially on Local Cyber Monday (11/29).
  4. Decide to donate to local charities on Giving Tuesday (11/30).
  5. Spread the local love with a positive online review of a local business.
  6. Encourage others to shop small this holiday season.
  7. Follow the Chamber on social media (facebooktwitterinstagram) and use the hashtags #ShopSmall, #BuyLocal, #LocalMatters, and #SafeCommerce.

More: Spread cheer and support local Carrboro businesses through Carrboro Cheer 2021, which will include an in-person Small Business Saturday kickoff (11/27) with a table at the Carrboro Farmers' Market featuring the distribution of complimentary local swag bags and launch of the buy local Carrboro Cheer Gift Guide (under construction, but to learn more, review the 2020 Gift Guide and 2020 announcement).

Contact: For questions, contact Chamber Vice President for External Affairs, Katie Loovis, at (919) 696-0781 (cell) or KLoovis@carolinachamber.org.

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