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!

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.