Monday, November 22, 2010

Small Business Saturday Event Locally in Gresham

This November 27th will be the first Small Business Saturday event sponsored by American Express.  This is a day to honor the businesses that give our neighborhoods character and boost our local economy.  Try Local First is also based on the simple concept of recirculating money locally to better the community at large.  In support of the day, American Express is helping to drive customers to small local businesses with a member incentive.  When card members will receive a $25 statement credit when they register and spend $25 or more at small businesses that accept American Express Cards

Try Local First is also collecting receipts for their holiday drawing.  Bring your holiday receipts to the Historic Downtown Gresham Tree Lighting and find the Try Local First booth in the Jazzy Bagels parking lot. 

Small businesses are the corner stone of the Oregon economy.  Without the small businesses unemployment will increase even more.  For instance making the decision to purchase a new Ford F-150 in Portland or Vancouver is very detrimental to East County.  When you frequent and do business with Gresham Ford you are supporting over 60 families that depend upon the dealership for support.  And when you spend money outside East County and in Portland that money doesn't return to our community is goes away forever.  When you choose to get your vehicle maintenance at Gresham Ford that helps support the 60+ employees as well as the small business that supplies the free coffee in the Gresham Service waiting room for all makes and all models.  Your purchase also helps to support Smiddy's carpet cleaning because a busy Gresham Service Center means a lot of dirt.  Since Gresham Ford provides maintenance on All Makes and All Models anyone can help to support the community via their tithe program.  10% of your parts or service incIf you are a small business you can get involved in three ways.  Display one of the down loadable fliers as point of purchase materials.  Or you can take advantage of free Facebook advertising.  Get $100 of customizable Facebook advertising while supplies last.  Just visit   And yet another way to support the Small Business Saturday and Tr Local First is to visit American Express website again and download the available digital promotional tools and utilize them in your website and social networking environment. 

If you choose to purchase locally you are also recirculating dollars within Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale, Boring and Sandy Oregon.  Gresham Ford chooses to utilize local vendors who pay taxes that support the community that we live.  This support helps our schools, police and fire forces.  So remember when you spend your money locally you are also supporting the people and the services you depend on.  Please join the movement and help to make this Small Business Saturday the first of many to come.