Local businesses prepare for Small Business Saturday

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- North Platte is getting prepared for small business Saturday. This is the 10th year of this event. This is the second year they've created the shop small passport. The shop small passport is an item folks can grab from any of the participating stores. When you visit a store you get a stamp, once you hit 8 stamps customers can turn it in to be entered for a drawing.

Businesses promote Small Business Saturday

Next week they will randomly draw two winners. The winners will receive hundreds of dollars in gift cards to the participating businesses as well as a few items.

Cassie Condon, the Vice President of Economic Development, is proud of the community.

"For me to be apart of this on a shop local basis it really just hits home that we have to spend our money locally to make sure that these shops stay here and stay open. And that these are the community members that are spending money here on our kids' little leagues, and our kids' events.They're the community members that are pouring money back into our town. This is what makes our town great," said Condon.

There are 42 businesses in the passport, all which are listed online. The goal is to shed light on small businesses and give back to the community. And to support local businesses all year round and not just for the holidays.

Adie Nielsen, the Bow and Arrow Store Manager, is excited to be apart of the day for the first time.

"I'm excited. It's gonna be a very fun time. It's our first year here. And I think it's gonna go very well. It's already been going very well. North Platte has been so awesome to us. Welcoming us with open arms," said Nielsen.

Folks are welcomed to come walk around, maybe grab food or a coffee, browse the stores, and enjoy what North Platte has to offer.