Shop Small Saturday returns to MV and L Nov. 24

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, has announced that Shop Small Saturday will take place in Mount Vernon and Lisbon Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shop Small Mount Vernon-Lisbon is part of the national Small Business Saturday campaign initiated by American Express and taking place throughout the country. As part of the local Mount Vernon-Lisbon event, volunteers will be at a Shop Small booth set up inside the former Big Creek Emporium building, 100 First St. SW. At the booth, shoppers will be encouraged to sign up using their name and cell phone number to win Community Cash gift certificates good at any business in Mount Vernon or Lisbon.

Every hour on the half-hour, a volunteer at the Shop Small booth will reach into a fishtank and draw out one name of a lucky shopper. THAT shopper will be notified by cell phone and will have 10 minutes to return to the booth to receive $25 in Community Cash good for any business in Mount Vernon or Lisbon.

If a winner is unable to get to the fishtank in time, the $25 will be added to the next hour’s prize. More than $200 in Community Cash will be given away on Shop Small Saturday. In addition, several community businesses and retailers will be offering gift certificates to individual stores that will be given away at the Shop Small booth every hour at the top of the hour. In both instances, shoppers must be present to win.

New this year, is a special “Early Bird” promotion sponsored by Kae Apothecary. The first 25 shoppers to enter the Shop Small booth after 9 a.m. will have a chance to win $100 in Community Cash. Volunteers will have 25 bags inside the booth, one bag will have $100, and 24 others will have gift certificates and coupons to spend at Mount Vernon and Lisbon businesses. The first 25 shoppers to take part will have the opportunity to win more.

“Small businesses, like small Iowa towns, are the back-bone of our nation and our economy,” said Catherine Kennedy, Chair of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon project. “Support for small businesses and small towns is support for the growth of our families, our friends, and our country. Please plan on joining us on Saturday, Nov. 24, to Shop Small!”

More information can be found at www.visitmvl.com