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It’s that time of year.

The busiest shopping season is upon us, and once again the local business community and the Billings Chamber of Commerce is stressing that it is important to shop local.

Part of the “shop local” campaign is the “Small Business Saturday Game.” The game encourages people to shop at local businesses, and there remains for businesses that want to participate in the game to do so by contacting the Chamber of Commerce.

Small Business Saturday is on November 30.

The game encourages customers to visit participating businesses— and shop! Those visiting ten participating businesses will have an opportunity to win prizes valued up to $500.  Get more details at https://www.billingschamber.com/media/BIL20871384_hr.jpg

Small Business Saturday was started in 2010 by American Express in hopes of building a day dedicated to shopping small businesses. For the past several years the Chamber added a fun spin to the shopping day through the Shop Small game board, which adds fun while driving up sales. Small Business Saturday, 2016 reported $15.4 billion in sales for independent retailers and restaurants on that day alone.

American Express encourages area Chambers of Commerce to champion their city’s Small Business Saturday so they can link together small businesses across the city, help coordinate media and marketing, and ultimately champion the drive for consumers to get out and shop small businesses.