Small Business Saturday


BAY COUNTY The Chamber of Commerce is preparing for Bay County's first ever Small Business Saturday.

More than 30 local businesses will open their doors Saturday to help celebrate the backbone of America's economy.

The Chamber is using certain incentives to encourage Panama City to participate.

Momma Goldberg's Deli opened its doors to Panama City five months ago.

Since then, the small business has served hundreds of their famous nachos and "Mama's Love" sandwiches.

But the deli still struggles to compete with their chain-restaurant competitors.

Momma Goldberg's Deli Cynthia Webb says, "Most of the name brand people like Arby's or Five Guys, their name is out there quite a bit and as for our struggle it's basically getting our name out there."

Small businesses are responsible for 54% of all US sales, and make up 85% of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce.

Three years ago, American Express decided to celebrate the 23 million small businesses in America by creating "Small Business Saturday".

Bay County Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Communications Brittany Cole says, "The Bay County Chamber of Commerce picked it up and ran with it, and we got a bunch of participating local small businesses, because they are the backbone of our economy."

Shoppers can win a $50 gift card to Los Rancheros by getting involved.

They're encouraged to print a passbook from the Bay County Chamber's website and gather stamps from participating stores.

Completed passbooks will be entered into a drawing on Wednesday

C&G Sporting Goods Owner Ronnie Groom says, "It's a way to get the customers in the store, and let them find out that we're here."

Party America employee Tiffany Sparks explains, "We're hoping to have a lot of business and get our name out there."

And Sweet Frog Manager Jonathan Dunkin says, "Anytime we can be part of the community especially the Chamber of Commerce, it's very exciting."

Sponsors:

Paul Brent Gallery
413 W. 5th St.
Panama City

Los Rancheros
208 W. 23rd St.
Panama City

The Sleep Center
1830 W. 23rd St.
Panama City

Money Mizer Pawn & Jewelers
2424 W. 23rd St.
Panama City

Badcock Furniture & More (2 locations)
544 N. Tyndall Pkwy
Panama City

617 Ohio Ave.
Lynn Haven

Lee's Consignment Boutique
103 W. 23rd St., Ste. E-1
Panama City

Avenue Sea
542 Harrison Ave.
Panama City

Florida Linen
12011 PCB Parkway
Panama City Beach

Honda Yamaha Sea Doo of Panama
1933 Hwy 231
Panama City

Participants:

Milk and Honey Frozen Yogurt
2439 Thomas Dr.
Panama City Beach

Legendary Marine
3829 Thomas Dr.
Panama City Beach

Party America
664 W. 23rd St.
Panama City

Leitz Music Company (2 locations)
508 Harrison Ave.
Panama City

650 N. Beal Pkwy
Ft. Walton Beach

C & G Sporting Goods
137 Harrison Ave.
Panama City

Maharaja's Fine Jewelry & Gifts
105 W. 23rd St.
Panama City

Panama City Health Club & Spa
1598 N. Balboa Ave.
Panama City

Blue Heron Fine Gifts
11260 PCB Parkway, Ste 104
Panama City Beach

Tractor Supply Company
6922 Highway 77
Southport

Papa Murphy's Pizza
723 W. 23rd
Panama City

Momma Goldberg's Deli
645 W. 23rd St.
Panama City

The Grand Theatre
500 S. Pier Park Dr.
Panama City Beach

Tom's Hot Dogs (2 locations)
555 Harrison Ave.
Panama City

104 Thomas Dr.
Panama City Beach

Sonic Drive- In (6 locations)
238 N. Tyndall Parkway
1508 Ohio Ave.
224 W.23rd St.
4239 N.Hwy 231
3407 W. Hwy 98
11200 Hutchison Blvd.

RX Express Pharmacy of Panama City
540 B E. 6th St.
Panama City

The Bagel Maker
41 W. 4th St.
Panama City

Diver's Den
4833 E. Business Hwy 98
Panama City

North Florida Coins and Collectibles
2639-B Lisenby Ave.
Panama City

Airport Furniture
1398 W. 15th St. PC

Capt. Anderson Sightseeing
5550 N. Lagoon Dr. PCB

Harley Davidson of Panama City Beach
14700 PCB Parkway

Sweet Frog
748 W. 23rd St. PC


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