GO Topeka’s Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development is encouraging Topekans to shop small, shop local and shop often this holiday season. To kick off the initiative, Mayor Larry Wolgast will read a proclamation in support of Small Business Saturday (Nov. 28) at the Hot Chocolate Holiday Kick-Off on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at Fairlawn Mall. Shoppers can pick up passports at participating stores to enter a Big Basket drawing. Shoppers can visit any eight small businesses in Shawnee County to get their passport stamped or signed. Four winners will receive gift baskets with merchandise and gift cards from participating merchants at Fairlawn Mall, NOTO, Downtown and Brookwood Shopping Center.
Glenda Washington, vice president of Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development, said the organization encourages people to shop local all year, but especially at the holidays when gift giving accelerates.
“The Small Business Saturday promotion reminds shoppers that they can find unique gifts for everyone on their list right here,” she said. “They extend the value of their gift by supporting local retailers and restaurants, who in turn continue to build on our investment in the community’s quality of life. Shopping small brings big wins for everyone.”
The deadline to enter is Nov. 30, and the drawing will be held Dec. 4. Merchants can post special discounts at https://www.facebook.com/TopekaEntrepreneurs/.
Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development offers classes, workshops and support services to help individuals establish or enhance small businesses. For more information, contact Glenda Washington, 785.231.6000.