How to Prepare Your Business for the Holidays

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What is Shop Small Saturday? 

Shop Small Saturday is a day where small and local businesses come together and showcase what truly makes their communities come alive and thrive. Founded in 2010, Shop Small Saturday has been an annual tradition that rings in the holiday season, which is fast approaching!

What does this mean for you? Save the date: this year's Shop Small Saturday will take place on:

Saturday, November 25th

Please review our Best Practices (listed below) to see how you can successfully prepare for this event.

Heart of the Holidays


In addition to Shop Small Saturday, there are many upcoming events planned to bring visitors downtown during the shopping season. Our Heart Of The Holidays event kicks off November 16 and goes through December 15. Complete calendar of events listed below.




Best Practices to Get Your Business Ready for the Shopping Season: 





Here are some other Secrets of Success courtesy of Paper Bear

  1. Holiday Music
  2. Window displays
  3. Open on Sundays in December
  4. Open late every night 2 weeks before Christmas
  5. Staff given cheat sheets for gift ideas for different ages
  6. One unique and special gift item featured as go-to 



Additional Business Resources for November:


  • 6-Nov-17: Sustainable Placemakers November [Meet Up]  (6:00 pm)
    • Discussion of the San Marcos Transportation Master Plan (TMP)
    • Location: Splash Coworking 326 N LBJ Downtown San Marcos
  • 9-Nov-17: Holiday Cheer For the Rest of the Year:                                                                                          Making the Most Out of Your 2017 Holiday Season (12:00 pm WEBINAR)
  • 14-Nov-17: Intro to Javascript  (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)
    • Location: Splash Coworking 326 N LBJ Downtown San Marcos
  • 15-Nov-17: Regional Economic Development Roundtable (8:00 am - 2 pm) 
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