Mayor proclaims Small Business Saturday; Rapid City Downtown Association invites community to shop downtown during the holidays

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

RAPID CITY, SD – Mayor Sam Kooiker has proclaimed Saturday, Nov. 29, as Small Business Saturday, joining the Rapid City Downtown Association in a nationwide effort to steer shoppers toward local independently owned businesses during the holiday season.

“Our Downtown businesses are mostly Mom and Pop businesses, where the owner is the one you see when you walk in the store,” said Suzette Cuny, membership coordinator of the Rapid City Downtown Association. “You can do all of your holiday shopping in Downtown Rapid City, at 70 shops, 15 galleries and 33 restaurants.”

Many Downtown Rapid City businesses will have special deals and promotions on Small Business Saturday and throughout the season. Free parking in city lots during the day.

Small Business Saturday is a campaign conceived by American Express, first observed in 2010. The company reported that more than $5.5 billion was spent at independently-owned businesses on this day in 2012.

“Our city leadership and association have recognized our small businesses for four years and continue to do so, not only on Small Business Saturday, but throughout the year,” Cuny said. “One way to show your support is to visit downtown this holiday season.

Many people anticipate Small Business Saturday 2014, as there is an online campaign promoting the event. On Facebook, more than 3 million people have pledged to “Shop Small.” The hashtags #ShopSmall and #SmallBizSat are commonly used to promote the event.

The Rapid City Downtown Association represents its members through collaborative promotion, support and advocacy. For more information, visit or call (605) 716-7979.

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