Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee signs a proclamation designating Saturday, November 24 as Small Business Saturday in Ridgeland. From left, 2018 Ridgeland Chamber President Karen McKie, Green Oak Florist & Garden Center; Ridgeland Chamber Executive Director Linda Bynum; Mayor McGee; Kristen Beal, City of Ridgeland Community Affairs Coordinator and ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Kelly Mott, Ridgeland Tourism Commission.
Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee signs a proclamation designating Saturday, November 24 as Small Business Saturday in Ridgeland. From left, 2018 Ridgeland Chamber President Karen McKie, Green Oak Florist & Garden Center; Ridgeland Chamber Executive Director Linda Bynum; Mayor McGee; Kristen Beal, City of Ridgeland Community Affairs Coordinator and ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Kelly Mott, Ridgeland Tourism Commission.
RIDGELAND — The city is teaming up with the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce and Ridgeland Tourism Commission to drive commerce to small businesses during this year’s Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24.

In declaring its support for Small Business Saturday, Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee signed a proclamation designating Saturday, Nov. 24 as Small Business Saturday in Ridgeland.

“Our locally-owned small businesses are the backbone of Ridgeland,” said Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee. “Small retail stores provide character and charm and their presence contributes to the uniqueness of Ridgeland. Many of them are owned by Ridgeland residents and we want them to grow in prosperity here. Our aim is to show the local businesses exceptional support by promoting the concept of Shop Small to citizens and visitors.”

Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. In 2016, an estimated 112 million consumers reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, according to the 2016 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey. The day was also championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

“Small Business Saturday, scheduled this year for Nov. 24, celebrates the spirit of enterprise and entrepreneurship, as exemplified by small business owners who take the risk of following their dreams,” said Linda Bynum, Executive Director of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce.  “Originated in 2010, this nationwide ‘Shop Small’ campaign is an effort to encourage shoppers to patronize small, local businesses for their holiday shopping. We believe ‘Shop Small’ helps spark the groundswell of enthusiasm for shopping locally. And, why not? There are so many benefits to our community to keeping it local. The Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the City of Ridgeland and the Ridgeland Tourism Commission to support this special day celebrating the small businesses that play a vital role in creating jobs and economic opportunities across our state. When small businesses succeed, we all succeed.”



The Ridgeland Chamber has strategically placed 20 banners promoting Shop Small – Small Business Saturday at intersections in Ridgeland to help promote the event.

The Ridgeland Chamber has also created a webpage at www.ridgelandchamber.com/shopsmall for the sharing of local business discounts, sales and promotions planned by small local businesses for Nov. 24.

“Small Business Saturday celebrates the diversity of small businesses across the U.S. and the City of Ridgeland recognizes the importance of supporting small businesses, the jobs they help create, and the culture they instill in local communities,” Bynum said.

Merchants and consumers can learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting ShopSmall.com. Local small business owners may contact the Chamber office at 601-991-9996 to have their promotions listed on the Small Business Saturday webpage.