Small Business Saturday: Season of Small

Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday takes place each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. American Express started the shopping event in an effort to boost spending at small businesses during the holiday season and help establishments remain open during the recession. 

Celebrate Small Business Saturday in #DowntownBLM!

…”So go downtown! Things will be great when you’re downtown – No finer place for sure. Downtown – Everything’s waiting for you!”

I love this empowering anthem. I want to sing it, no SHOUT it out to those who haven’t yet discovered all that downtown Bloomington has to offer! ( I know – that’s hard to imagine!) If you are someone who only ventures downtown when you get called to serve jury duty, I invite you to check us out on November 29 – SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY – 29 of our small, locally owned businesses are waiting to meet you with a variety of special offers and something you really can’t put a price tag on – one on one personal customer service.

Running a successful small business is no mean feat. There are plenty of things these small businesses can do to ensure they remain successful, including keeping up with the most recent small business trends. If you are reading this as a small business owner and you are unsure of the current trends, then you can find information on small business trends to look out for in the current year at rciaresources.com. However, even if a small business is doing this and ticking all of the boxes, they still need your support and custom!

Our merchants truly care about your downtown experience, and look forward to helping you with your holiday and personal purchases. Make a day of it! Visit an art gallery, get a massage, enjoy a delicious nosh and make some new friends – Downtown. EVERYTHING’S WAITING FOR YOU…

The City of Bloomington Economic and Community Development Department has partnered up with 30 Downtown Bloomington Businesses to make your #ShopSmall dreams come true during the Season of Small with our Passport Program! Shop from November 28th to December 24th at any of the businesses listed below for a chance to win a curated gift basket that is sure to make you smile and is valued at more than $800 retail! How can you enter to win? Shop Small “Passports” will be available at each retailer on 11/28. Every purchase made at a participating business from 11/28 to 12/24 will grant the shopper stamps in their passport (Stamps might be an actual stamp, an initial, or a sticker). Passports can be turned in at any participating business on or before 12/24. A winner of the #DowntownBLM gift basket will be announced the week of 1/11. We can’t wait to see you in #downtownBLM on November 28 to celebrate the Season of Small! #ShopSmall

View Participating Businesses Here!


How can you enter to win? Shop Small “Passports” will be available at each retailer on 11/28. Every purchase made at a participating business from 11/28 to 12/24 will grant the shopper stamps in their passport (Stamps might be an actual stamp, an initial, or a sticker). Passports can be turned in at any participating business on or before 12/24. A winner of the #DowntownBLM gift basket will be announced the week of 1/11. We can’t wait to see you in #downtownBLM on November 28 to celebrate the Season of Small! #ShopSmall.