Shop Local Initiatives Ready for the Holiday Season

Shop Local Initiatives Ready for the Holiday Season

With Amazon and other online retailers pushing an early start to holiday shopping, smaller businesses need to take advantage of every opportunity to reach customers early and often. The Chamber has a variety of platforms to promote your products and offers, at no added cost to you.

Holiday Hot Deals: Members can boost their visibility with Chamber Hot Deals. These no-cost advertisements promote limited-time discounts, special events, and other offers, all visible on the Chamber website, Facebook, and Twitter feeds. Members can post Hot Deals by logging into the Member Portal, or by emailing details about the offer to Carolyn Gessner.

Chamber Retailer e-Blast: Chamber members are famous for supporting each other! In that spirit, watch for an e-blast to be circulated November 14 with logos and links to all Chamber-affiliated shops and personal service businesses. The goal is to encourage a “Chamber-first” mindset when members are planning their holiday shopping. For added impact, post a Hot Deal by November 12 and a link to your offer will be included in the e-blast.

Illuminate Northbrook Retailer Promotion: The Village of Northbrook will hold its 2nd annual Illuminate Northbrook Hot Cocoa Stroll in downtown Northbrook on November 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  This fun family event, featuring a winter light display and free hot chocolate, encourages residents to donate a coat to Rotary Club’s “Coat Off Your Back” drive in return for a commemorative mug.

This year, that mug for donors will include a special coupon offering a 10% discount at participating Northbrook businesses, valid November 18-23. Participating businesses will be listed on FindItInNorthbrook.com, a website managed by the Chamber with support from the Village to promote all local shops and restaurants. Any business within the Village is welcome to be listed regardless of Chamber membership; contact Carolyn Gessner at (847) 513-6005 or carolyn@northbrookchamber.org to be added to the list.

Find It in Northbrook “Find It and Win” Contest:  To encourage local shopping throughout the holiday season, the Chamber and Village will partner on a contest to engage residents through our social media and text programs. Shoppers will be invited to send in receipts from Northbrook shops or restaurants between November 25 and December 23 for the chance to win in weekly prize drawings. The contest will be heavily promoted on the Find It in Northbrook Facebook and Instagram platforms and the Northbrook Community Mobile Text Program.

Whatever support you need to promote your business through the holiday season, the Chamber is here to help. Contact the Chamber staff to discuss how to use your Chamber tools to your maximum advantage.

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