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Passport encourages ‘shopping small’

November 8, 2018

North Platte businesses and Chamber employees are giving an incentive to shop local on Small Business Saturday: a new local passport program.

The Shop Small NP Passport will list businesses around the community. People who visit participating businesses on Nov. 24 will have their passports stamped.

When they have eight stamps, they’ll turn them in at their final stop, making them eligible for the passport program’s grand prize, Cassie Condon, vice president of economic development for the North Platte Area Chamber & Development Corp., wrote in a press release.

The next week, Chamber representatives will draw a winner from the completed passports. The winner and three guests will win a chauffeured shopping trip, with gift cards from each participating business, Condon said.

“They will complete their special shopping day with dinner at the Switchyard,” Condon wrote in the press release.

Small Business Saturday is celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving and promotes supporting local businesses.

Condon said by phone that the idea came from the American Express “shop small” website.

“We revamped it for our area,” she said.

Participating businesses can be found downtown, in the Platte River Mall, in the Westfield Shopping Center and elsewhere around town.

More than 20 shops have signed up so far, Condon said.

A list of businesses and more details can be found at http://www.nparea.com/shop-small-np-passport.

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