Not everybody is cut out for enormous midnight crowds, wrestling other humans for big screen TVs and the other “joys” of Black Friday.

For the sane among us, God created Small Business Saturday.

Tomorrow marks your chance to not only save money while checking off your gift list, but to also invest in your community. Downtown Sanford Inc. and the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce are offering extra incentives to those who spend with area businesses on Saturday.

For the second year in a row, DSI is offering shoppers a chance to “win what you spend,” a contest where shoppers can submit their receipts from a Downtown Sanford business and win back that amount in the form of a gift certificate to that store (up to $250).  The Chamber is offering a similar deal, where up to five shoppers an win back up to $50 of their receipt.

“Our downtown businesses — those stores and service providers owned by local folks, supporting local causes and circulating local dollars — embody the Small Business Saturday movement,” said Jennifer St. Clair, executive director of DSI. “The flashy deals of the Black Friday big boxes are hard to pass up, but be sure to save some of your budget to shop local and keep your downtown vibrant and growing.”

DSI | How to Enter

  1. Shop Saturday in any business covering the 17-block area of Downtown Sanford and post a photo (selfie, picture of your purchase, a cute shot of your kids in the store, etc.) on Facebook with the hashtag #ShopSmallForSanford
  2. Submit a photo of your receipt to DSI’s Facebook page via Facebook Messenger (or email your receipt to

One winner will be chosen at random, and that person will receive a gift certificate for the amount they spent in that store (up to $250).

Sanford Area Chamber | How to Enter

  1. Shop Saturday in any Sanford business that is a member of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce. Post a photo of yourself shopping (again … selfie, gift, photo of their bored spouse) and post it on the Chamber’s Facebook page.
  2. Send a photo of your receipt to the Chamber via Facebook Messenger.

Five people will win back up to $50 of their receipt.

According to the Three Wise Men (head of the accounting department for the U.S. Small Business Administration), $68 of every $100 you spend with locally owned businesses stays in the community.