Shop Small Program

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For The Things You Love In the Places We Call Home

The Shop Small Movement is turning 10!

The Soldotna Chamber is celebrating local businesses by launching our first Shop Small Bag Program. This Program will highlight the small, local businesses that create jobs, boost our economy, and make our greater Soldotna home unique!

Small Business Saturday… 

(always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving) is meant to inspire you to explore greater Soldotna’s many offerings and share a shopping day with friends, family, and neighbors while celebrating our wonderful communities!


  • In 2018, there were 71,841 small businesses in Alaska.
  • 142,448 people in Alaska are employed by small businesses; that’s 53.2% of all Alaskan employees!
  • Small businesses have created 2,364 net new jobs in Alaska since 2015.

I’m a local business that’s a Chamber Member; how do I participate?

On Saturday, November 30th, 2019, 200 bags stuffed with exclusive coupons from local businesses will be distributed at four locations around Soldotna. They’re first-come, first-serve, and will go fast. These four businesses will also host the Shopping Passports- sure to be a hit with your customers.  For more information on Shopping Passports, see the below section called, “I’m a community member, how do I participate.”

Sign up by Friday, November 15th, 2019 to be sure your business’s coupon will be included in a Shop Small Bag. Forms are available online.  A nominal $25 entry fee per business will help cover the costs of staff time, program marketing, and printing if requested. Coupons submitted can be no larger than 4″ X 8.5″ and 200 coupons must be dropped off to the Soldotna Chamber before Nov. 19th to make it into the bags. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Also included:

  • Shout out on social media and at Chamber events prior to the Big Day.

Sign up your Business for Small Business Saturday 2019 Here
(Sign up is closed until next year)

I’m a community member, how do I participate?

Join us out on the town on Saturday, November 30th, 2019 to get your tote bag filled with exclusive coupons for local businesses all around greater Soldotna. Show up at 10am. We will be handing out 200 reusable canvas bags filled with local coupons to the first 50 people at each of the following 4 locations: Gamas Designs, Everything Bagels, Dragonfly Gallery, and Frames & Things/ Brew@602. Remember, bags are first-come, first-serve, and will go fast!

Also, pick up a Shopping Passport at one of the four bag locations. Collect at least 10 stamps from small businesses listed on the Passport and then, return the completed Shopping Passport to the Soldotna Chamber by Friday, December 6th at 5pm for a chance to WIN a Soldotna Swag Bag and a $100 American Express Card to shop local! Winner will be announced on Saturday, Dec, 7th at Christmas in the Park in Soldotna Creek Park. THERE’s MORE; for a bonus entry, visit one of the participating small businesses, take a selfie with your #ShopSmall bag, post to our Soldotna Chamber Facebook Page, and tag your Shop Small Selfie with #ShopSmallSoldotna. SHOP SMALL AND FILL THAT PASSPORT TO WIN!

To Learn More:

What is Shop Small?

Shop Small is about more than just shopping at small businesses. It’s a cause that helps to support local economies and promote vibrant, diverse communities. It’s also a nationwide movement fueled by shoppers, business owners, and organizers who come together and celebrate the community because they know it matters.​

What is Small Business Saturday?

It’s an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, you can get out and support the places you love with the people you love on Nov 30.

When is Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday is held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, you can celebrate the big day on November 30, 2019.

Why participate in the Shop Small Movement?

Small businesses play a key role in helping communities thrive. By shopping or dining at your favorite local places throughout the year, you’re showing your support for small businesses and making a positive impact in your community.

How can you participate?

If you’re a shopper, you can Shop Small® and share the small businesses you love on Nov 30. You can also find new favorites by exploring the Shop Small Map, which lists qualifying American Express® Card-accepting small businesses in your community.
If you’re a small business owner, you can celebrate customers and help attract new ones with customizable marketing materials from the Shop Small Studio. Qualifying American Express Card- accepting small merchants get even more. Log in to learn more about free benefits to help you attract potential customers, like personalized online banner ads, signage, and a listing on the Shop Small Map.
Looking to do more? You can apply now to become a Neighborhood Champion and rally your community for the big day, Nov 30.
If you represent a medium or large-sized corporation, you can apply now to become a Corporate Supporter to help promote Small Business Saturday and get out the word about the importance of the small business community.Trade Memberships, Advocacy Groups, and Public Officials can join the Small Business Saturday Coalition to support the small business community at
​For a one-stop overview of the programs mentioned above, click here and see all the ways individuals and organizations can support Small Business Saturday. Terms apply to participation in all programs.

What role does American Express play in
Small Business Saturday?

In 2010, American Express founded the day. Today, American Express provides materials for supporters and businesses, in addition to offering ways for shoppers to stay engaged with the small businesses in the community.

What is a small business?

Small businesses can exist in a variety of forms, from corner stores t
o food trucks to online boutiques. They can have a handful of employees or be up to 150 employees strong. They give a neighborhood strength and create vibrant, diverse comm