Small Business Saturdays

When: every Saturday from November 28 through December 19
Where: Downtown Rochester

They are your next-door neighbor, good friend, or a friendly face. They are champions of downtown Rochester’s business community. Be their champion this holiday season.

A day to support local business, Small Business Saturday creates jobs, boosts the economy and preserves neighborhoods in downtown Rochester and across the country. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States.

In 2019, the 10th Annual Small Business Saturday hit a record high with an estimated $19.6 billion in reported spending, according to an American Express consumer insights survey.

The day has been championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., including President Obama, and in 2014, then-Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede officially declared the last Saturday in November "Small Business Saturday."

Whether online or in-person, pledge to shop small on Small Business Saturday and every Saturday until December 19. Small businesses are counting on all of us; let's show them how much they mean to our communities.


#ShopLocalRochMN Challenge

Keep dollars local this holiday season by participating in the #ShopLocalRochMN Challenge! It's quite simple:

  Order take-out from a local restaurant and take a photo with your order!

  Shop safely in-person at a retail store and snap a photo of your receipt/purchases!

  Support local through online and share the love by showing us your receipt!

Between Small Business Saturday November 28 and 11:59 p.m. December 19, shop local, use #ShopLocalRochMN in a public social media post (must be public to enter), and we will give away an "At Home for the Holidays" downtown gift basket (valued at $200) to a random winner. Make sure to tag us in your post, too, so we can re-share!

While one entry per person will be counted, multiple posts and shopping experiences are encouraged.


Small Business Saturdays 2020 blogs:

Safe Shopping and Dining Hours

11 Reasons to Shop Small in Downtown Rochester

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