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Roane County Chamber of Commerce pushes small businesses

Legacy Market in Spencer saw success from shop local week in Roane County. Michele Eastman, owner, said it’s been a great turnout. (Photo Provided)

SPENCER — The Roane County Chamber of Commerce extended small business Saturday to a week-long shop local event to promote shopping in the community.

This is the third year for the shop local week, according to Kim Davis, executive director of the chamber. Twenty chamber member businesses were featured in an insert in newspapers in surrounding counties.

“It’s just an added benefit for our chamber members,” Davis said.

Among those businesses, they had the option of participating in a contest to win $300, a first for shop local week.

“Any time they made a purchase made at those participating places, they fill out a ticket and drop it in the boxes,” Davis said.

Boxes will be picked up on Monday and the drawing will take place on Tuesday.

“Our chamber just wanted to try to get people to shop local. Sixty-seven cents on the dollar goes back in the community and that helps for additional employment opportunities and people can offer more benefits for their employees. It’s just a win-win for everybody,” Davis said.

Shop local week has been so successful in the past, they decided to hold it twice a year, Davis said. The next week will likely be in the spring.

Teresa Holcomb, owner of Chestnut Ridge Winery in Spencer, said shop local week has been good to her.

“Our traffic was up considerably week, not only from shop local week but shop small Saturday,” Holcomb said. “I do think they have kind of people’s eyes (to see) how important small businesses are to the community. A lot of people came out that day and this week to show their support to all small businesses.”

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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