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Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce launches “Small Business Season” just before start of holidays


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its latest initiative, “Small Business Season,” which is set to commence on Nov. 5 with Christmas Open House.

This program will attempt to encourage community members to support the small businesses that form the backbone of the city’s economic landscape.

Kicking off with the Christmas Open House on Sunday, Nov. 5, in downtown Sylacauga from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, this season will spotlight several downtown merchants and restaurants offering special discounts and sales to mark the beginning of the festive shopping spree.

Laura Strickland, President and CEO of the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce, emphasized the pivotal role of small businesses, noting that 64 percent of new jobs in the United States originate from these enterprises.

The Chamber’s initiative is a clarion call to residents, urging them to redirect a portion of their holiday spending to local establishments, citing the profound impact on the community’s economic resilience.

Strickland stressed, “When people spend their dollars locally, more money stays local. On average, for every $100 spent locally, $68 of that stays here.”

The Small Business Season seeks to heighten awareness regarding the significance of supporting the community’s diverse small enterprises. In addition to the Christmas Open House, the Chamber has lined up a series of events including the Christmas Tree Lighting at City Hall on Sunday, Nov. 26, and the Sylacauga Christmas Parade on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Strickland underscored the challenges faced by small businesses in the current economic climate, stating, “All businesses need one another, but small business is the most endangered because many small businesses don’t operate with large cash reserves. When costs skyrocket, they feel it. Add to that employee shortage, supply chain issues, and the costs of everything increasing with the highest inflation in 40 years. Some small businesses may feel they are on the brink of extinction.”

The Sylacauga Chamber urges community members to visit their website or social media pages for updates on the festive season and how to bolster small businesses.

“Small Business Season” isn’t just about shopping; it’s a movement to fortify the local economy and preserve the unique fabric of Sylacauga.

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