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CCC hosting Shop Small Community Kickoff

 

October 30, 2019



CLOVIS — November marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. And in the hustle and bustle of customers trying to find the perfect gifts for loved ones, local venues often get overlooked in favor of online orders or big box stores.

Clovis Community College will host the Shop Small Community Kickoff this Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The mission is to get shoppers thinking about local vendors as they begin their November shopping sprees.

The event will feature a live piano performance, songs by the Clovis High School choir and a welcome speech by Mayor David Lansford. Vendors will be attending to showcase the goods and services they plan to offer during the month and preview the deals for Shop Small Saturday right after Thanksgiving.

There will also be prize drawings for attendees with giveaways from local vendors.

“This is to celebrate all the sºmall businesses in the area and is really part of a national initiative,” said Adrien Bennings, vice president for administration and finance at CCC. “We wanted to hone in on that locally and bring in the community and partners like the Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center.”

Bennings wanted the Shop Small kickoff to coincide with events like the Holiday Happenings and Christmas Around Town, which put the spotlights on small businesses and preview opportunities to shop in Clovis throughout the month.

“At the heart of it, this is about coming together as a community and honoring the small businesses that are key to our economic development,” Bennings said.

The Shop Small event will be a precursor to the 10th Annual Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 30, which encourages shoppers to do their holiday shopping at small, local venues instead of larger franchise stores or ordering over the internet.

CCC partnered with the local Chamber of Commerce, Clovis Main Street and the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. to plan the event.

City Commissioner Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, who is also the director of the Small Business Development Center at CCC, said a survey showed 59 percent of businesses showed the Small Business Saturday increased their holiday sales.

“This is a very powerful shopping experience for all our businesses,” Taylor-Sawyer said.

Christmas Around Town begins on Nov. 9 with the Civic Center and Cannon Air Force Base also hosting holiday bazaars during November.

Latriece Brooks, who helps organize Christmas Around Town, said the main purpose of these events is to help local businesses that can’t afford advertising compete.

 
 

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