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SPONSORED BY THE BILLINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
November Business After Hours December Business After Hours Wednesday, Nov.11. Olsen Ortho Studio, 1241 N. Transtech Way. 5-7 p.m. Cost is $8.
Wednesday, Dec. 9. Central Wellness, 1010 Central Ave. Ste. 1 5-7 p.m. Cost is $8.
Small Business Saturday
W HEN YOU SHOP LOCAL , THE MONEY
Nov. 28. Shop Billings. Shop local merchants and enter to win great giveaways.
YOU SPEND STAYS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
When you shop locally, the money you spend is reinvested into Billings — jobs, taxes, schools and other businesses all benefit.
Jennifer Reiser Jennifer Reiser is chief operating officer at the Billings Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at 406-869-3734 or Jennifer@ billingschamber.com.
Did you know that 48 cents of every dollar spent locally stays right here in our community? That’s what the American Independent Business Alliance found in 2012. When you shop locally, the money you spend is reinvested into Billings — jobs, taxes, schools and other businesses all benefit. The Billings Chamber is based on small businesses; in fact, 88 percent of our membership base is comprised of small businesses. The Billings Chamber supports all businesses through a combination of advocacy, facilitated business connections and opportunities for growth. In particular, our advocacy efforts aim to be a voice for small businesses in general, speaking out in favor of legislation, policies and movements that are pro-business, and advocating against those that will do harm to small businesses. Small Business Saturday and our Shop Billings movement are a perfect example of these efforts.
hood stores. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express, this day is celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which is Nov. 28 this year.
When a product is sold at a local business, the circulation of that money in our community has an immediate effect. Ultimately, this increased revenue leads to the employment of local people and the ability to give back. Local businesses use that revenue to sponsor kids’ teams, donate to nonprofits, and more. Billings Chamber member Sean Graves with Montana Brewing Co. and Hooligans finds that giving back is an important part of being part of our community and a responsibility as a small business to say thank you to patrons. “Community Monday has been the best thing we have ever done at Hooligan’s. We have been able to help out so many groups, local families Join shop local and charities. Each Monday In 2014, an estimated has its own uniqueness that $14.3 billion was spent at makes it special to my staff small independent businesses and me,” he said. on Small Business Saturday The weekly event invites nationwide. For small busipatrons to eat dinner or drink nesses, the Small Business a beer, and Hooligan’s donates Saturday campaign marked 20 percent of sales that night our community’s commitment to the identified group. “From to support our local neighbor- helping out cancer patients to
a local PTA, we have been able to donate to so many,” Graves said. “It is all about helping our community.”
Keep Billings unique
Billings is filled with diverse boutiques and restaurants. Whether it’s walking into one of the brand new stores at Shiloh Crossing or Rimrock Mall, stepping on the creaky, wooden floors of an authentic downtown
shop, sipping a hand-crafted microbrew, or eating at a farm-to-table restaurant, Billings has many small and large businesses that make our city unique. This holiday season, take a moment to think about the local businesses in our community. After the holiday rush is over, they will still be here supporting community events, providing one-of-akind items, employing our neighbors, and partnering
with other small businesses while delivering the highest level of personal customer service. The Shop Small Movement inspires people to shop with and support these small businesses as well as give back to the places that have given their communities so much. We hope to see our community do the same by shopping small on Nov. 28, and shopping Billings throughout this holiday season.
Shop Local at
Montana’s trailhead this holiday season, and always, support local businesses and our local economy. Find a list of Chamber member businesses to shop with at BillingsChamber.com.