Choose Our Local Community This Shopping Season!
This year, on Saturday, November 30th, Shop Small will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Small Business Saturday. During the holidays and throughout the year the West Shore Chamber of Commerce encourages you to support your fellow Chamber members by choosing them first! As of 2017, there were a reported 29.6 million small businesses operating in the U.S. and 1 million of those are in Pennsylvania. Only half of those new businesses will survive past 5 years due to competition from chains, skyrocketing leases, and struggles getting website traffic. The survival of small businesses ensures the livelihood of our communities, job creation and the support of the business creators.
We have a variety of local members where you can complete your holiday shopping list, find a member for a service or product to use either at your company or in your personal life and refer members to friends and family. Before you search online for a business to use take a look at our online Membership Directory first and see if a local Chamber member company can help.
Also, make sure that when you are using a Chamber member you tell them that is why you are choosing them! It’s a small gesture such as this that makes our organization work. We encourage you this holiday season and into 2020 to refer a fellow member, use a fellow member and spend your dollars locally. By choosing central Pennsylvania companies, we work together to improve business and build a stronger community.