How would you like to win $1,000 worth of gift cards right before Christmas? Did you say YES? Well, let me tell you how you can have the chance to win this fabulous prize. Manor’s small businesses need your support. Debbie Charbonneau, Community Development Manager for the City of Manor, has introduced a new “Shop Small-Shop Local” campaign that needs the participation of both Manor businesses and Manor customers to be successful. 

Beginning November 1, 2020, and running through November 30, 2020, every time you spend $20 in a participating “Shop Small-Shop Local” business in Manor, customers get the chance to enter a ticket into a drawing to win $1,000 in gift cards. The drawing will be held on Friday, December 4, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall. So, the more you spend, the more chances you have to enter the contest. I’ll say it again … who wouldn’t want to win $1,000 in gift cards right before Christmas? Currently, the participating businesses include Libation Station, Maxine’s Gumbo House, Double Dave Pizzaworks, and Ramos Restaurant & Sports Bar. 

The deadline to register for the program is October 1, 2020. Each business will have a sign on their front door telling customers that they are supporting Manor’s “Shop Small Shop Local” campaign. On certain days throughout November, there will be giveaways at each business, as long as supplies last, so be on the lookout for those special days. 

How can a Manor business participate in the “Shop Small-Shop Local” campaign? 

Participating businesses pay $25 and receive 100 tickets that they then distribute to their customers upon each $20.00 they spend in the participating business. The customer then keeps their ticket stub and the business keeps the other part to enter into the drawing. So, if the customer spends $20.00, they get the chance to enter 1 ticket, and the more the customer spends, the more tickets they get to enter the drawing. The business purchases the tickets and all the advertising for the campaign will be coordinated by the City of Manor. Remember, for every $100 spent at local small businesses, $68.00 is returned to the local community. 

Why shop small?

 Why should I shop in my community instead of shopping at a big box store or at a national chain? Here are a few reasons why you should shop small and shop local. As a consumer, you are a key part in helping small businesses thrive. By shopping or dining at small businesses in your community, you are showing support for the businesses in your neighborhood and the community you call your own. Did you know that small businesses make a major economic impact? More than half of the U.S.’s jobs since 1995 were created by small businesses. And according to the Small Business Administration, since 1990, big businesses eliminated 4 million jobs, while small businesses added 8 million jobs. The more you shop or dine at a local business, the more potential there is for future job opportunities in those same small businesses. Small businesses create a sense of community. You are much more likely to get to know a small business owner in your neighborhood. They can provide more personable, hands-on, and memorable customer service which encourages you to shop and to dine with them more as you become friends and family in your community. If you are a small, local business and would like to participate in the “Shop Small-Shop Local” campaign, please contact Debbie Charbonneau at dcharbonneau@cityofmanor.org or call (512) 272-5555 extension 3218. 

Please remember: It takes you to start the trend Shop Small • Shop Local • Eat Local • Spend Local • Enjoy Local