Downtown SLO is proud to support local small businesses for Small Business Saturday on November 30, 2019 and will once again be promoting their Passport Program. Shoppers can pick up a Shop Small Passport at any participating location and get a stamp with each purchase. Those who receive eight stamps and turn in their Passport to a drop-off location will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a gift basket filled with gift cards to Downtown businesses, generously donated by the businesses themselves. Completed Passports can be dropped off by 6 PM on Saturday, November 30 at HumanKind Fair Trade, Hands Gallery, Downtown SLO, or Picking Daisies.

Small Business Saturday launched in 2010 by American Express in an effort to support local communities and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. According to the Office  of Advocacy and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the state of California has 3.7  million small businesses employing 6.7 million people, or nearly half of the private workforce.

This year participating businesses include: Ambiance Boutiques, Apropos, B. Anthony & Co. Jewelers, Baxter Moerman Jewelry, Bella B., Blackwater, Basalt Interiors, Central Coast Surfboards, San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, Change of a Dress, Downtown SLO, EcoBambino, Fanny Wrappers, The Gold Concept Jewelry and Design, Growing Grounds Downtown, Hands Gallery, Hemp Shak, HepKat Clothing, HumanKind Fair Trade, Jules D., Junk Girls, Karson Butler Events at the Ah Louis Store, Kin Coffee Bar, Len Collective, Lulu Luxe, Maison Marianne, Mon Ami Crepe Bar, Picking Daisies, The Secret Garden, Sheila Kearns Chocolate & Confections, SLO Sweets, The Sports Forum, Summerland Co., Sweetie Cup Tea House, Tails Pet Boutique, Takkens, The Ritual, The Sock Drawer, and Urban Optics.

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SLO Transit will also be offering FREE bus service on Small Business Saturday. Free bus service makes it easy for the public to access the many locally owned shops and restaurants within the City of San Luis Obispo. By riding the bus, the public can also help alleviate the demand for parking during the busy holiday shopping season.

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About Downtown SLO
Downtown SLO is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit founded in 1975 whose mission is to foster an economically vibrant Downtown. Downtown SLO serves the community by working on initiatives like parking and beautification efforts, coordinating special events and the weekly Farmers’ Market, supporting economic activities and examining Downtown issues.