October 30, 2014

No Need to Feed the Meter This Small Business Saturday

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Parking will be free in 42 communities across the nation to benefit small businesses this Small Business Saturday.

Special covers will be put over the meters in these communities on Saturday Nov. 30 to let visitors know parking is free.

A Look At One Featured Community

Small communities like Doylestown, PA, will benefit from the program. Founded in 1745, the town, located 75 miles South of New York, features (PDF) many shops, boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and other attractions.

In a prepared press release issued by the community, John Davis, Doylestown Borough Manager explained:

Behind every business in Doylestown, there is a unique story and passionate entrepreneur

Many of these small business owners recently participated in a little video promoting Small Business Saturday:

American Express and community news site operator Patch are sponsoring the program called “Park on Patch.”

Patch picked the towns and American Express is covering the cost of parking for the day. Local communities approve being in the program.

Other communities in the program include:

CALIFORNIA

  • Alameda
  • Burlingame
  • Glendale
  • Hermosa Beach
  • Huntington
  • Redondo Beach
  • Santa Cruz

CONNECTICUT

  • Middletown
  • Greenwich

GEORGIA

  • Athens
  • Mitown

ILLINOIS

  • Bollingbrook
  • Evanston

MASSACHUSETTS

  • Beverly
  • Belmont
  • Brookline
  • Natich
  • Newton
  • Salem

MARYLAND

  • Bethesda
  • Wheaton

MICHIGAN

  • Birmingham
  • Dearborn
  • Royal Oak

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • Portsmouth

NEW JERSEY

  • Caldwells
  • Montclair
  • Ridgewood
  • Millburn
  • Summit
  • Morristown
  • Westfield

NEW YORK

  • Bronxville
  • Mamaronek
  • Mineola
  • Mt. Kisco
  • New Hyde Park
  • Nyak

OHIO

  • WestLake

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Ambler
  • Doylestown
  • Radnor

Image: Small Business Saturday

Editor’s Correction: corrected to reflect the number of participating communities and to include the list.

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Shawn Hessinger - Editor


Shawn Hessinger Shawn Hessinger is the Editor for Small Business Trends. He is a journalist and social media networker with more than a decade of experience in the traditional newspaper business before moving to the digital world. He was the former community manager of BizSugar and the former community editor at AllAnalytics, a site dedicated to professionals in the business intelligence and analytics community.

13 Reactions

  1. Love the idea. Would love to support one of these area, but I’m hundreds of miles away from the nearest one. However, I’ll be shopping small in my neck of the woods (where parking is always free).

  2. Shawn,

    A great idea. It will help shoppers and biz owners a great deal; I’m always surprised how freebies can drive interest and sales so much!

  3. If it were up to me, every Saturday would be a “Small Business Saturday”, at least when it comes to free parking at downtown (i.e. mainstream mainstreet) venues. Let consumers know that Saturday is a day to get out and walk the streets looking for goods and services rather then by shopping online or going to the mall.

  4. I watched the video and my eyes welled up. What is wrong with me? Like, seriously Ebele, get it together.

    Maybe it was the human connection, the sense of community, I don’t know.

    Anyway, I fully support the idea of Small Business Saturday and I look forward to it happening over here in the UK on Dec 7th.

  5. Great to hear. I am sure that it will help some people save a few coins here and there. But why is it only available in certain areas?

    • I was thinking that too, Aira re: availability in certain areas. Maybe it’s a relatively new event and as such, will take time for it to launch in more places.

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