Welcome to the GVCC's "Get Out On... Small Business Saturday" program page. This program is made possible by the sponsorship of Columbia Credit Union - Making Life Better!
This is a month-long promotional campaigned designed to promote Small Businesses throughout the month of November. The National "Small Business Saturday" is on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26th this year. Our month long hashtag contest runs between November 1-26th. The business that has the "best post" by customers, employees, vendors, and partners will earn a $500 small business grant. Each facebook and twitter post made about the business (set to public) and containing the hashtag: #localthanks is an opportunity to win the $500 Small Business Grant, provided by Columbia Credit Union and awarded at the 12/7 SW WA Leads and Needs event.
Small businesses often get lost over the holiday noise of black friday. This program is our community's chance to stand up and support local small businesses during the month of November.
JOIN: If you are a GVCC Member with 15 FTE or less you are eligible to join the "Get Out On... Small Business Saturday" promotional campaign at no additional cost than an active membership. You will receive a boat-load of digital and print collateral to share the message that you're a LOCAL BUSINESS with your customers and the community at large. You will also be eligible to win the $500 business grant via the #localthanks hashtag contest, running from November 1-26th. Email Chandra Chase, program coordinator to join the campaign!
GOAL: Build awareness for local small businesses and push the community to "Shop Local" on Small Business Saturday, which is the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
CONTEST: During the month of November the GVCC and Columbia Credit Union will run a hashtag contest with the goal of spread the message about shopping local. We're asking the community to make public posts about why they love shopping local with the hashtag #localthanks from November 1st to November 26th (Small Business Saturday). All public posts will automatically collect on our tagboard: LocalThanks. The #localthanks contest will be the perfect opportunity for you to ask your customers, employees, and supporters to share about your business. Even if you do not win the business grant, your network of customers, vendors, and supporters will be posting mini commercials on social media promoting your local business. It's a win-win.
Check out the 2016 Small Business Saturday program training guide:
We've Reached 93 Participating Businesses in 2016!
1-800 Flowers The Flower Express
A Cut Above
Available Creations Screenprinting & Embroidery LLC
Beacock Music & Education Center
Bleu Door Bakery
Bonnie Smelser, Independent Beauty Consultant
Caribbean And Beyond
Casey Evans Media
Celestial Balance Body Products
Cellar 55 Tasting Room
Chic Boutique Women's Consignment
Clark County Cleaners (formerly Pressed 4 Time)
Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store
Consign Inn, LLC
Dale A Low Hypnosis
DIY Marketing Center
Elevate Sports Rehab and Chiropractic
Evolve Image Consulting, LLC
Excel Designs Inc.
Formal Flush Restroom Trailers
Fringe Digital Marketing Agency
G6 Airpark Inc.
Glam Beauty Bar
Grant Mott Photography, Inc.
Hall Mediation Services
Hi-School Pharmacy (Minnehaha)
High End Market Place
High Fidelity Entertainment
Impactful Sales Solutions
Jo Foody's Catering
Latte Da Coffee House & Wine Bar
Luepke Flowers and Finds
MADdogs Gourmet Hot Dogs
Mattress Pro, LLC
McKELL GRAFF, PLLC
MPG Marketing & Mailing Services
Nana's Tiny Cakes
NorthWest Lifestyle Health
Northwest Personal Training
NW Association for Blind Athletes
Pacific Perks Coffee, Inc.
Premium Websites, LLC
River City Granite and Stone
Say Ciao! Creative Catering
Self Balance Massage
Shyla Smith Independent Herbalife Distributor
Signs & More
Simply Thyme Catering
Specialty Graphic Solutions
Strategic Tax Accounting and Consulting
Sunrise Bagels & More
Sunrise Dental of Salmon Creek
Sweet Spot Skirts
Tailored Logistics Inc
Thai Orchid Restaurant
The Business Matchmaker
The Daily Insider
The Mighty Bowl
The Pita Pit
The Upper Room
Tina Vlachos Agency-American Family Insurance
Trap Door Brewing, LLC
Utopia Salon & Day Spa
Velonia Boutique & Tailoring
Vida Flare, LLC
VIP Photobooth/Bounce N Battle
Véraison Wine Events, LLC
Yoder Chiropractic Center PS
Yogurt Time, LLC
Zoup! Columbia Tech Center
Do you want to join the program?
Email Chandra Chase for program details
Thank you to our sponsor: Columbia Credit Union
Past Campaign Highlights:
The line around the block at Kazoodles Toys in East Vancouver on Small Business Saturday. Columbia Credit Union was on site, handing out gift cards during one of their "Making Life Better" moments.
Michelle Thor and Shannon Decker of Columbia Credit Union present Janelle Chandler of Nexus Chiropractic with the $500 Business Grant Check. Nexus Chiropractic was the winner of the first social media #localthanks hashtag contest. Her employees and clients posted a number of fantastic posts praising her professionalism and skill as a chiropractor. Great job Janelle!
In 2014 the GVCC hosted a customer appreciation contest as part of the "Get Out On... Small Business Saturday" campaign. Each participating small business received an entry box for their customers. The prize: a $500 "Shop Local" gift certificate to be used at their place of entry. Each time a customer shopped/used services they were entered in the drawing as a THANK YOU. The winner was Brett Herr, a customer from Self Balance Massage. We called and credited his $500 prize to his name.
In 2014 Columbia Credit Union visited Mary Sisson, owner of Kazoodles toy store in Vancouver and handed out surprise amount gift cards to shoppers. Sisson reported a record day of sales on Small Business Saturday. "We had our best day of sales in 8 and a half year in business. My thanks to Columbia Credit Union who were onsite with their Making Life Better Moments and handed out free gift cards to shoppers in the morning and to the Chamber," she said on December 3rd to the networking group at SW WA Leads and Needs.
In 2013 (in the programs first year) the team at Columbia Credit Union surprised the community on Small Business Saturday at two locations. First they went to Latte Da Coffee and handed out $5 gift cards. Then, they hosted a free holiday movie at the Kiggins Theatre! They handed out extra goodies as the community piled into our landmark theater to enjoy a free viewing of ELF.