This Holiday Season, the Merchants and Community of Downtown Bend invite you to spend Small Business Saturday exploring lovely Downtown Bend! Pick up a Passport at the Downtown Bend Business Association’s booth in front of Mockingbird Gallery downtown on Wall Street and Minnesota. After you pick up your passport, stroll around town and visit one of the 50+ participating merchants. These merchants will stamp your passport (You need 10 stamps to enter). At the end of your shopping adventure, drop your completed passport off back at to the booth to be entered to win one of three amazing prizes (valued at over $2,000). This is a festive day downtown with many merchants offering treats (think cookies and cider) & ‘Black Friday’ type deals. You won’t want to miss it! No purchase necessary, bring your family & join in the fun!
Here are some benefits of shopping local in Bend, Oregon:
BUILD BEND COMMUNITY! The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood–scale businesses and the public spaces around them build relationships and community cohesiveness.
STRENGTHEN BEND’S LOCAL ECONOMY! Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain (almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer) — a benefit we all can bank on.
SHAPE BEND CHARACTER! Independent businesses help give your community its distinct personality. By supporting these businesses, you are ‘voting’ for more of what you want in Bend.
YOU CAN BUY IT WHERE YOU TRY IT! Local stores enable you to try on and try out items before you buy — and get real expertise — saving your time and money.
CREATE A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT! Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized. They typically consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution.
ENHANCE CHOICES! A wide variety of independent businesses, each serving their customers’ tastes, creates greater overall choice for all of us.
INCREASE WEALTH OF BEND RESIDENTS! The multiplier effect created by spending locally generates lasting impact on the prosperity of local organizations and residents.
CREATE BEND JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES! Not only do independent
businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, they also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc., expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
GIVE BACK TO YOUR BEND COMMUNITY! Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses.
ENHANCE LOCAL DEMOCRACY! Local ownership of business means residents with roots in the community are involved in key development decisions that shape our lives and local environment.