Who’s Ready for Small Business Saturday!

by Allison Fletcher on October 21, 2014

BlueNovember 29 is Small Business Saturday®, a program founded by American Express designed to celebrate and support local, small businesses, boosting local economies and invigorating neighborhoods across the country.

Big retailers have Black Friday and online retailers have Cyber Monday. But, small business retailers and restaurants have been getting in on the action, too, with Small Business Saturday®, since its inception in 2010. Small Business Saturday® encourages consumers to first think of benefiting their local economy by shopping at local businesses in their community.

How the program supports local economies

Studies have shown when people spend at local independent businesses, a return to the local economy is, on average, $45 or more per $100 spent, compared to just $14 or less for $100 spent at a chain outlet.

What’s more, through Small Business Saturday® shoppers support stores owned by friends and neighbors – those who put everything into their work, their name on the door, and their heart into their community.

Annually, more than 100 million consumers shop at small local businesses that across the nation.  Through Small Business Saturday®, you can join the movement right here in your community!

Fullerton Chamber of Commerce is a proud partner in Small Business Saturday®. In the third year of partnership in the program, the Chamber is featuring a shopping “passport” as part of the 2014 promotion.

How the passport program works

Shoppers are encouraged to Shop Small® at participating retailers and restaurants in Fullerton on Nov. 29. Shoppers can have their passport stamped at those locations on that day.

Passports completed with stamps from eight different participating locations will be included in a drawing for a chance to win one of 75 $25-gift certificates from participating businesses. All shoppers need to do is leave their completed passport with the last business to stamp it.

Participating retailers and restaurants will be celebrating in style, too, with many offering extra touches that small, local shops do so well. Passport shoppers, look for perks such as complimentary refreshments or special discounts!

The Fullerton Chamber of Commerce and Fullerton’s participating small businesses are excited to be able to bring this American Express promotion to you!

Stay tuned for more details and a complete list of participating retailers and restaurants as they are posted to the Chamber’s website, or look for American Express Small Business Saturday® in the window of your favorite Fullerton independent businesses!

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Army Officer to Speak at Veterans Day Ceremony

by Allison Fletcher on October 21, 2014

Brig. Gen. Scottie D. Carpenter, Commanding General, 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), US Army Reserves, Los Angeles, CA, will be the guest speaker at Fullerton’s 27th Annual Veterans Day observance Tuesday, Nov. 11.

The observance, hosted by Fullerton American Legion Post 142, Fullerton Emblem Club 469, and the City of Fullerton will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a parade in Fullerton’s historic downtown. The parade will begin at the downtown plaza, located on Wilshire Avenue, east of Harbor Boulevard and adjacent to the Fullerton Museum Center, go North on Harbor Blvd. and end at Hillcrest Park, which is located at the intersection of Harbor and Valley View Drive.

Leading off the parade will be a special “fly-over” of the route by planes from Air Combat USA, which is based at Fullerton Airport. Once at Hillcrest Park, a ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the veteran’s memorial.  The ceremony will also include a patriotic speaker, the placement of wreaths, playing of bagpipes “Amazing Grace” and the playing of “Taps.”

All veterans are welcome to join in the parade, which will feature JROTC units from Fullerton area high schools.  The Troy High School Navy JROTC unit will carry flags representing all 50 U.S. states. Parade participants are asked to arrive at the plaza no earlier than 10 a.m.  To march in the parade, veterans must be able to march in regular cadence for approximately three-quarters of a mile. No banners other than the flags carried by the JROTC units will be allowed in the parade.

Further information about the parade and ceremony may be obtained by calling the Fullerton American Legion at (714) 871-2412. Persons requiring special accommodations to attend the ceremony are asked to contact the Fullerton American Legion at (714) 871-2412 prior to Nov. 11. For safety reasons, pets will not be permitted either in the parade or at the ceremony.

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Get Hired Using LinkedIn!

October 21, 2014

Ready to find your next job using a social media platform? There will be a LinkedIn workshop at the Fullerton Library on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. geared toward those seeking a job. LinkedIn is the latest tool in online professional networking! Build your professional profile by creating a LinkedIn account. Attendees will learn the basics […]

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How to Put More Customers in Your Restaurant

October 20, 2014

Calling all restaurants! SCORE will be hosting a no-charge workshop on Oct. 21 on “how to put more customers in your restaurant,” at 5 p.m. at the Aliso Viejo public library, 1 Journey, in Aliso Viejo.   You’ve opened the doors and now you must deal with the problem of filling the seats. This workshop deals […]

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Dr. Debra Stout to Leave VPCOC Board after 15 years

October 20, 2014

Dr. Debra Stout has announced she will soon step down from the Board of Directors of the Violence Prevention Coalition of OC (VPCOC) after being involved with the group for 15 years.  Established in 1996, the VPCOC is the only county-wide affiliation of businesses, community organizations, public and private agencies, and individuals seeking to promote […]

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President Bill Clinton to Keynote Banc of California’s Financial Literacy Education Event

October 20, 2014

President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation and the 42nd President of the United States, will keynote the world’s largest financial literacy education event on Nov. 9 at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center. Presented by Banc of California, the event will include over 5,000 at-risk youth from communities throughout Southern California. President […]

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Items for Your Calendar: 10/20/14

October 20, 2014

Networking at Noon Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. Colette’s Catering at the Meridian Club 1535 Deerpark Dr., Fullerton Get ready for some speed networking!

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New Chamber Members: 10/17/14

October 17, 2014

Advanced Equipment Corporation Scott Dickson (714) 635-5350 2401 W. Commonwealth Avenue Fullerton, CA 92821 Industry/Manufacturing AMF Carter Lanes Rick Shroettinger (714) 526-7725 1501 S. Lemon St. Fullerton, CA 92832 Recreation; Shop Fullerton Binary Star Tech Services Greg Cota (714) 225-2904 Computer-Technology Consultants Providing Solutions for all of your computer and IT needs for your home […]

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Paisley’s Petals Launches Wedding and Event Floral Services

October 16, 2014

Getting Married? Know Someone Getting Married?  Having an Event? Wedding planning is usually in full swing in the Fall. Paisley’s Petals just welcomed Aubrey Hunt to our staff to help the brides plan their special day. Aubrey has a great eye for just the right look, so be sure to contact us if your planning […]

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Free Legal Workshops Offered by Marty Burbank, J.D., LL.M.

October 15, 2014

The law offices of Marty Burbank, J.D., LL.M., located at 619 N. Harbor Blvd. in Fullerton, will be hosting a free workshop, Elder Law Issues and Incapacity Planning (Powers of Attorney), Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. Meet with one of the firm’s attorneys and or paralegals to learn about relevant topics in estate and elder law. […]

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