One holiday shopper can win $5,000 just by making a purchase at any independent retailer or service provider in Oakland County during “Small Business Saturday” Nov. 24.
Shoppers who buy goods or services from thousands of independently owned small businesses in communities across the county are eligible to win. One lucky shopper will win the $5,000 grand prize, courtesy of North American Bancard. Second prize is $2,000, courtesy of Bank of Ann Arbor. Third prize is a $500 voucher toward air travel, courtesy of Flint Bishop International Airport.
“It’s so important to remember our local small businesses during the holiday shopping season,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “This is a win-win for our businesses and the shoppers. Our communities welcome the increased foot traffic this event generates for local retailers, restaurants and other businesses.”
To enter, shoppers must text ShopTextWin to 41411 to receive a text message with a link to a shopper registration page where they upload their contact information and a photo of their store receipt. All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27. Prizes will be awarded by Dec. 12.
As an incentive to encourage small businesses to register and promote the contest, CEED Lending is offering a $1,000 prize to a randomly selected business. Bank of Ann Arbor will award $500 to the business employee who waits on the customer who wins the grand prize of $5,000. There is no cost for a business to register and any small business in Oakland County can sell the winning receipt.
Many registered merchants are offering sales and prizes of their own Nov. 24. Participating merchants, contest rules and registration information are found at www.AdvantageOakland.com/ShopSmall. A separate shopping contest is being conducted for Oakland County employees, who are not eligible to enter the public contest. Top prize is $500, courtesy of Oakland County Credit Union. Winners of the employee contest can receive an additional $250 if they are Oakland County Credit Union members.