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New Martinsville Celebrates 10th Annual Small Business Saturday

By Staff | Dec 4, 2019

Carla McBee, Camissa McCurdy, Brian Rogers, Jae Lehew, Sandy Hunt, and Valerie Piko

New Martinsville, WV -11/25/19: The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce, Blueprint Communities New Martinsville, S&S Diamonds & Fine Jewelry, and Regional Economic Development Partnership (RED) partnered together to celebrate small businesses during the holiday season. As members of the American Express Neighborhood Champion Program, the organizations worked together to promote Small Business Saturday, which took place on Nov 30. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday celebrates the impact small businesses have on communities across the country.

On Tuesday, November 26th, the organizations held a breakfast for small business owners at the Wetzel County Museum. Small Business Saturday promotional materials were distributed at the event in an effort to encourage local shopping. On Small Business Saturday, several local businesses offered specials and prizes to attract customers. The group hopes that the efforts extend beyond Small Business Saturday and that the community embraces shopping small year-round.

From November 29th December 20th, the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce is giving the community an opportunity to win big for shopping small! Community members are invited to shop at 6+ Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce members and save your receipts. Bring those dated receipts to the office prior to December 23rd and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win Chamber Community Cash! Visit www.wetzelcountychamber.com for more details.

This year’s celebration is the 10th Annual Small Business Saturday, marking a decade of support from American Express for local business owners. Since it started in 2010, consumers have reported spending an estimated $103 billion across all Small Business Saturdays combined. That’s $103 billion toward helping communities thrive, spent over just nine days alone. An average two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent at a small business in the U.S. stays in that local community.

That means shopping small could help bring things like better schools, smoother roads, and new jobs to neighborhoods across the country.