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Winners announced in chamber’s local shopping event


Amy Lipscomb wins the grand prize in the Small Business Saturday local shopping promotion. (Chamber photo)




Kathy Maurer

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Small Business Saturday again saw a healthy turnout as shoppers visited nearly 60 businesses in five local communities, organizers said.

The Barry County Chamber of Commerce’s passport program provided extra incentive. As they were supporting local businesses, shoppers also were offered bargains and specials from merchants and had a chance to enter a drawing. Those who visited a minimum number of businesses in each local community could submit passports for a drawing of donated prizes from each respective community.

Shoppers who dined at or purchased items from at least two businesses in each community or a combination of any 10 businesses, could enter the grand prize drawing.

“All of the packages were different,” and based on the community, promotions and communication coordinator Aleshia Blauvelt said.

The grand prize drawing was probably close to $1,500 in value, she said. Gift cards alone for that prize package totaled more than $800. Other higher-value items included a trail camera and a purse worth more than $100.

Winners, drawn Tuesday, included Vicki Butler who won the Hastings prize package; Michele Tsuji, Delton; Judi Chaddock, Middleville; Samantha Seume, Nashville; and Julie Guenther, Gun Lake. Amy Lipscomb won the grand prize.

Participants seemed to enjoy the event, Blauvelt said.

“The majority of comments were that they had a good time going out on Saturday, that it was a good day for it,” she said. “They had fun going to different locations.”

Participation was free to local businesses, she said, and the promotion brought business to their doors.

“We heard some great feedback from the participants,” Blauvelt added. “The passports helped to bring business to the local shops, which is, of course, the main objective of Small Business Saturday. We hope everybody had a great time and that the community continues to ‘shop local.’ ”


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