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Small Business Saturday

November 26, 2016

Support small businesses in Kalispell

Join the Kalispell Chamber and the U.S. Chamber for Small Business Saturday 2016.


Click Logo for link to Small Business Saturday website

This year, we’re encouraging shoppers all over the valley to share your experiences on social media.

Use the hashtag #ShopSmallFlathead on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

You don’t have to wait until November 26 though, start sharing today!


Click here to view the 2016 Small Business Saturday Program

Small Business SaturdayMessage from the President:

I encourage you to take advantage of Small Business Saturday – November 26th and spread the word to your customers and other local businesses.  Our local effort is a partnership with the Kalispell Chamber, US Chamber, Facebook, and American Express.  This campaign is an excellent way to remind our community about the advantages of supporting our local small businesses and celebrate everything they do to support our community.  It is easy to get involved – simply follow the steps below.  Supporting our locally owned small businesses helps create jobs, boost the economy, and invigorate neighborhoods across Kalispell and the Flathead Valley.  See you around town on Nov 26th!

Joe Unterreiner – President and CEO

Small Business Saturday Success Story Video

Become an event sponsor for Small Business Saturday 2016!

About Small Business Saturday:

November 26th marks the sixth annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.  Small Business Saturday (SBS) was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: creating more demand for their products and services.

How Consumers can get on Board:

• Learn more about this effort by visiting the Join the 1.5 million people who “like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook. You can also give a shout-out for your favorite local shops and restaurants and encourage those in your social networks to shop at small businesses on November 26th.

• Most of all, I encourage you to do some of your holiday and everyday shopping at small businesses, especially on Small Business Saturday.

Whether you are a small business owner or a consumer, please join the Kalispell Chamber and participate in the third annual Small Business Saturday.
Thank you.

How Small Businesses can get Involved:

• Advertising, PR and Marketing
Small Business Saturday will be supported with national advertising and public relations highlighting the importance of supporting small businesses and driving consumers to shop there on November 26th. You will be able to download printable point-of-purchase and store-front marketing materials to let consumers know that you operate a local, independently-owned small business.

• Free Facebook Advertising
American Express will offer $100 in free Facebook advertising to 10,000 small businesses to help promote the day and any offers participating merchants are making to consumers.
There are many other ways for businesses to get involved.
Go to for more information.

Small Business Saturday Statistics:

A total of 1.5 million Facebook users, 130 public and private organizations, and 41 elected officials declared their support for SBS last year. More than 100,000 small businesses downloaded SBS marketing materials, 10,000 businesses signed up for free Facebook advertising that ran on SBS, and around 200,000 consumers registered their American Express cards to receive $25 statement credits when they shopped at a small business on SBS. American Express is the founding sponsor of Small Business Saturday.

Consumers Shop Main Street to Save Their Local Economies:

Source: The American Express OPEN Small Business Saturday Consumer Pulse (July 2011)

• 93% of US consumers believe it’s important to support the local small businesses
that they value in their community

• 87% believe that small businesses are a critical element
of the overall U.S. economic health

• 73% consciously shop at small businesses in their community
because they do not want them to go away