One independent retailer could win $1,000 incentive

Oakland County independent retailers have until Oct. 31 to register for Small Business Saturday, making themselves eligible to win $1,000, courtesy of CEED Lending.

Small Business Saturday is a national promotion set for Nov. 30 – the Saturday after Thanksgiving – which encourages shoppers to buy goods and services from independently owned small businesses. It asks merchants to register and promote Small Business Saturday shopping to their customers. Registration is free at www.AdvantageOakland.com/ShopSmall. Businesses may register after Oct. 31, but they are not eligible for the $1,000 prize.

“Small businesses help Oakland County’s economy thrive by providing jobs and being connected to their neighborhoods,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “Participating in Small Business Saturday is one of the ways Oakland County supports our entrepreneurs who invest back into their communities.”

One lucky shopper will win $5,000 in a random drawing, courtesy of ShopLoyal. To enter, shoppers simply make a purchase at any independent retailer or service provider in Oakland County on Nov. 30, take a picture of the receipt and text SHOPTEXTWIN to 41411 and follow the registration instructions. Second prize is $2,000, courtesy of Bank of Ann Arbor, and third prize is $1,000, courtesy of Emagine Theaters.

Bank of Ann Arbor is also sponsoring a $500 prize for the business employee who waits on the customer who wins the grand prize. Prizes will be awarded by Dec. 17. The campaign is sponsored locally by Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center. A host of free printed promotional materials for businesses including posters is available at the center, which is in the L. Brooks Patterson Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford.

A separate shopping contest is being held for Oakland County employees, who are not eligible to enter the public contest. Top prize is $500, courtesy of Vibe Credit Union. Winners of the employee contest can receive an additional $250 if they are Vibe Credit Union members.

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