On Saturday, Nov. 25, Surface Creek area businesses -- large and small, brick and mortar and home-based -- are invited to participate in National Small Business Saturday, a concerted promotion to keep holiday shoppers spending their dollars right here at home.
The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Cedaredge are partnering to bring this promotion to our businesses, and any and all businesses in the Surface Creek area are welcome to join in. Participating businesses will be included in all display and radio advertising and social media marketing, including handouts available to shoppers listing your business and your special Small Business Saturday offerings. It's easy to participate -- simply plan to be open on Nov. 25 and offer some type of incentive, sale, special or event to get shoppers in your doors.
If you'd like to be included in the advertising, please fill out an application available at the chamber office, 245 W Main Street, or online at www.CedaredgeChamber.com. You can also call the chamber at 856-6961 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost to be included in the advertising is $15 for chamber members and $25 for non-members. All monies collected will go toward paid advertising. In addition, stop by the office to pick up a supply of Small Business Saturday swag -- customer giveaways like tote bags and pins, as well as marketing materials for your business, like posters, balloons and banners. There is a limited supply of materials, and they are first come, first served.
The deadline to be included in the advertising is Friday, Nov. 10, at noon, though of course you are still welcome to participate past that deadline.
As an extra incentive for shoppers, the chamber will have a raffle for Surface Creek Bucks -- a voucher to be used at our participating businesses. Each $25 spent at a participating business during Small Business Saturday will earn the shopper one raffle ticket. Shoppers must return all receipts to the chamber office the week of Nov. 27 - Dec. 1 to be entered. We plan to give away $250 in cash vouchers to be spent at local participating businesses.
The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historial Society will host its annual meeting on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:00 at the Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. There will be music, refreshments and a guest speaker, Robert Sibernagel. He is well known in the area as he writes regional history columns for The Daily Sentinel. He was formerly the editorial page editor for that paper for 19 years.