Special deals, surprise gift card give-outs and lots of shopping will fill the day Nov. 30 as Troy gets out to celebrate Small Business Saturday.

Over 25 local businesses – from computer stores to restaurants – are participating in the all-day event, with the Troy Chamber of Commerce spearheading the local effort to make the annual affair a big deal this year. 

There’s a laundry list of things happening that day – one of the big things is a “passport” of eight businesses. By traveling to each and getting that business’s stamp, people can turn their passports in to enter a raffle for Visa Gift Cards. All participants have to do is just leave their completed passports at the last business they stopped at. 

“We have eight, and they span the entire city,” chamber Executive Director Rachel South said. “It goes all the way out to Tammy’s Natural Essentials, and all the way out to Mr. B’s Resale on Main Street, and then everything in between.”

Additionally, South and Troy Chamber Assistant Director Jenn McCord will be making surprise visits to all the participating businesses to hand out more gift cards as well. 

“We have 10, $10 gift card to give out, and we’ll just show up different places during the day and take pictures and hand them out to people who are staying and shopping local that day,” South said. 

Restaurants like Big Sticky’s and Honey Badger Grill are giving discounts to people who show their passports, and South said every business participating is going to do some sort of special deal to mark the day. 

Different stores are already listing their Small Business Saturday sales and discounts on the event’s Facebook page, which can be found at facebook.com/TroyMOChamberCVB.

Community State Bank has donated 20 goodie bags to each of the eight businesses on the stamp card, so the first 20 people through the doors will get a “swag bag” full of extra stuff. 

“It’s just a great day, it’s a lot of fun, there’s always something happening at one of the businesses, they all kind of roll out the red carpet on that day and it’s really a lot of fun to see,” South said. 

South said there are a lot of family and locally-owned businesses in the community that put a lot of time into Troy and its surrounding areas, donating money and time to local causes and events.

“Without them we don’t have half of the events that we have,” South said. 

Melissa Moody of Mike’s Computers said she’s excited to see how this year’s Small Business Saturday comes together.

“It seems like there’s a lot of businesses that are participating,” Moody said, adding that she hopes the day raises awareness for the locally-owned small businesses all over the Troy area, and gets shoppers out to stores they may not have visited in a while. 

“And also, I hope that it will get people’s attention and make them realize that the Chamber is a really good resource, not just for businesses, but for local consumers, to get ideas about things that are going on and specials as well,” Moody said. 

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