Typically this notice would be coming sometime in November when the weather is cooler and people are getting geared up for the holiday shopping season. The 10-year tradition of Small Business Saturday falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the day after Black Friday. It’s a nationwide effort to encourage communities to shop local as the busiest shopping season of the year kicks off.
So many small businesses report that Small Business Saturday is one of the BIGGEST shopping days for them in the entire year, so why not have another one, virtually? “It is our goal to support our Lehigh Valley small businesses during this pandemic and what better way then giving them a day of their own? It’s a day to support your favorite restaurant, boutique, shop, salon, etc. and celebrate shopping local and shopping small,” said Brittany Wiltshire, Director of Business & Diversity Councils.
In fact in 2019, shoppers supported their communities more than ever with a record high of spending an estimated $19.6 BILLION! Why not try to make that happen more than just once in a year? The Greater
Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce thought the same thing, especially during these challenging times for many small business owners, as many of the Lehigh Valley doors are closed due to Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order.
About the Lehigh Valley Chamber’s Virtual Small Business Saturday: Similar to the Gift Card Grab week, the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Lehigh Valley Virtual Small Business Saturday, which will be held on May 30th. Interested in having a special deal, an online special, or something cool to offer? Sign up HERE (also, it’s FREE and there is still time to sign up!)
Jessica O’Donnell, Executive Vice President mentioned, “We are here to support local now more than ever. Our small businesses are the backbone of the Lehigh Valley—no question! This special virtual Small Business Saturday is another way we, at The Chamber, are advocating for much needed support throughout our entire Chamber footprint and the communities we serve to buy local and support local!” O’Donnell also mentioned, “Our favorite businesses need our support now more than ever, so we felt creating this awareness would help encourage local community members to show some extra love to avoid seeing businesses permanently close.”
As of May 22nd, more than 40 businesses have listed how customers can still shop and support them, whether it is through safe distance curbside pickups, gift cards, online sales and many more creative options. To view the full list of participating businesses for Virtual Small Business Saturday of the Lehigh Valley, please visit the Lehigh Valley Chamber’s website: https://www.
Check out our website and all Chamber social media outlets for all important details!
When: Saturday May 30, 2020; ALL DAY!
Where: Online – Many will be offering deals on their websites or live on Facebook.
Gold Sponsor – Precision Medical, Inc. (https://www.precisionmedical.
About the Chamber: The mission of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is to improve the economy and quality of life in the Lehigh Valley Metropolitan Area. We accomplish this through business-to-business networking events and marketing products, affinity programs and exclusive, money saving member benefits, training programs, government affairs initiatives and public policy advocacy, and community development enterprises. With nearly 5,000 members who employ more than 200,000, the Chamber is the largest in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and in the top ten nationwide.
Information provided to TVL by:
Emmaus Main Street Manager & Manager, Affiliated Chambers (East Penn, Western Lehigh & Southern Lehigh)
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce