Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday
Nov 25, 2017

The Downtown Tucson Partnership is making downtown Tucson a holiday destination. In effort to support businesses and draw people downtown for the holidays, downtown Tucson will be participating in Small Business Saturdays, a national retail holiday sponsored by American Express.  Similar to Black Friday for big box store and online retailers, Small Business Saturday is the Shop Small equivalent to officially kick off the holiday shopping season.  

The Downtown Tucson Partnership is inviting downtown Tucson businesses to participate in Small Business Saturday.  There is no cost to sign up…it’s all free!  Benefits of the promotion include:

  • Ride the Street Car for FREE Day
  • DTP Marketing
  • American Express nation-wide marketing campaign
  • American Express digital marketing kit
  • Shop Small Volunteers & Welcome Crew
  • Gift Card Giveaways to your favorite Downtown businesses



Requirements to participate in Small Business Saturday:

  1. Register as a small business with American Express on the website.  Do this as soon as possible so that you can have access to their digital marketing kit containing all the graphics you need to create signs and posters for your store and your own social media, email, and website ads.
  2. Sign up with Downtown Tucson Partnership to participate.
  3. Schedule your business to be open on Saturday November 25!  If possible, staff someone to greet shoppers at the door.
  4. Consider offering a special promotion or hosting an event at your business on the day.  Your special can be listed on the passport and promoted by Shop Small volunteers!  During the event we’ll have volunteers handing out Shop Small shopping bags and other swag.
  5. Some Downtown businesses have donated gift cards so #ShopSmall patrons can enter their small business receipts into a drawing to win! One prize is $200 to Krikawa Jewelry! 
  6. There is no fee to participate.
  7. Sign up here by Wednesday November 15.


Who is Eligible?

All businesses who meet the qualifications established by American Express can participate in Small Business Saturdays.  Please visit for details.

Please contact Austin Davis at (520) 268-9030 for more information regarding Small Business Saturday or to donate a gift card as a prize in the drawing!