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Shop at small businesses and win $50 a day with Scranton Chamber’s #SupportLackawanna contest

Shop at small businesses and win $50 a day with Scranton Chamber’s #SupportLackawanna contest
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From a press release:

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce is giving away $50 a day through Friday, Dec. 25 as part of its “#SupportLackawanna: Shop Small. Shop Safe.” campaign with Lackawanna County.

The giveaway is free and open to the public, and easy to enter. Participants just have to use the hashtag “#SupportLackawanna” in their social media posts about supporting local businesses. Lucky shoppers will score a $50 gift card to spend at the small business of their choice in Lackawanna County. More information and contest rules can be found at; winners are selected at random and will be notified via electronic message on or around Dec. 26.

With the shutdowns and mitigation efforts announced by Governor Tom Wolf yesterday, the chamber continues to recognize the importance of supporting the local economy now more than ever through numerous unique and virtual ways the community can shop small and celebrate safely this holiday season.

The chamber also encourages local businesses to submit their holiday deals through the website Local deals will be shared through social media and emails each week, encouraging shoppers to support small businesses through safe and unique means.

Of the chamber’s 1,400+ members, the vast majority are truly small businesses with under 10 employees, and many operate in sectors that have been most dramatically impacted by COVID-19 – restaurants, taverns, boutique retail, travel, accommodations, and service. National jobs numbers in November show a dramatic cooling in the overall recovery.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently reported that nationally:

  • Nearly three times as many small businesses reported reducing their number of paid employees (12.2 percent) as reported increasing employment (4.3 percent).
  • More than four times as many small businesses reported reducing the number of hours worked by paid employees (21.4 percent) as reported increasing hours (4.6 percent).
  • Nearly seven times as many small businesses reported decreased revenue (38 percent) as reported increased revenue (5.8 percent).

The #SupportLackawanna campaign was made possible thanks to CARES Act funding provided by Lackawanna County, with promotions occurring through digital, print, radio, TV, and billboard advertisements. NEPA Scene has been sharing short videos from this campaign that feature a different local business every day on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, the largest business association in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is a not-for-profit organization that works to improve the area’s economic environment and quality of life by providing programs and services which stimulate economic growth, promote business prosperity, and nurture educational opportunities.

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