FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec 1, 2017
Rowlett Small Business Saturday Deemed a Huge Success
Rowlett, Texas –On Saturday, November 25th the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with American Express, held its first Small Business Saturday. Twenty-seven Rowlett small businesses participated in the event which had shoppers collecting a “passport” at the Chamber office early Saturday morning while they had breakfast. Shoppers then visited businesses, got their passports stamped, made purchases and returned the passports to the Chamber to be entered into a drawing for door prizes.
Dozens of shoppers showed up between 9:30 AM and 12 Noon to pick up their passports. Some were longtime Rowlett residents while others were brand new. Some were by themselves and others shopped as couples or with friends. All were excited about exploring Rowlett, finding new businesses, getting some Christmas shopping done and possibly winning a prize.
Small Business Saturday is an initiative launched by American Express in 2010 in an effort to support local businesses that make our communities strong. It occurs on the Saturday after Thanksgiving — hoping to help bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. By 2016 businesses and neighborhood champions in all 50 states are participating and that year small business owners generated an estimated $15.4 billion dollars!
Several shoppers in Rowlett stated that they discovered businesses they didn’t even know existed. Many said the day was “fun”, “cool” and “exciting”.
Tricia Brewer, owner of Treasured Blossoms Flower Market had this to say, “My staff and I had a lot of fun being creative and getting ready for Small Business Saturday. It was great seeing new faces, taking pictures with shoppers and posting them on social media and building relationships with the community. We are definitely looking forward to doing this again next year.”
As shoppers finished their trip around Rowlett they returned their passports to the Chamber office for an opportunity to win door prizes. Prizes included donations from Massage Envy, Jimmy John’s, ACG Medical Supply, Gloria Young Brody - Arbonne International, Your Flooring Solutions, Sandra Colvin – Mary Kay and Eva Hummel of Atmos Energy.
Prize winners included Greg & Leisa Peebles, Jessica Hicks, Frank & Stephanie Shaw, Marc Deuble and Dorothy Fogarty.