Small Business Saturday

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November 24
Small Business Saturday


Did you know…

There are 23 million small businesses in the US at which 54% of sales happen? When you buy local, about $68 out of $100 stays in the community while only about $43 of each $100 spent at a chain retailer does.

When you shop local, the business owner is often directly connected to every employee in the store. That leads to a personal approach that often means better customer service. Avoid the frantic, stressful rush of Black Friday by shopping local on Small Business Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Stats from the Small Business Administration and American Express

  • There are 23 million small businesses in the country.
  • Small businesses have increased by 49% since 1982
  • 54% of U.S. sales happen at small businesses.
  • Small businesses have created 8 million jobs since 1990.
  • Franchised small businesses employ roughly 8 million people, and make up 40 % of all American retail jobs.
  • $14.3 billion was spent on Small Business Saturday 2014, making for an increase of $300,000 since 2013.
  • On Twitter, Small Business Saturday is likely to narrow in on 1 million tweets during the holiday season. (The most popular hashtags to use are: #SmallBizSat #ShopSmall and #SmallBusinessSaturday.)

First Friday: End of Summer Shakedown

With summer days slipping into fall, and a new school year right around the corner, now is a great time to celebrate the wrap of another summer season and combat the back-to-school blues. The End of Summer Shakedown in downtown Milledgeville will be filled with friends, food, and First Friday fun on Friday, August 3, from 6-8pm.

Catch The Baldwin High School Band perform at the Black Heritage Plaza right before Marilyn Jarrette starts at 7:30 PM. There will be activities for the kiddos including face paintings by Lisa Marie Barry and balloon art by Greg Bosman. First Friday Champion sponsor, Magnolia State Bank, and First Friday Partner, Milledgeville Jaycees will be on site with additional activities for both the kids and kids at heart. First Friday is a free community event where everyone is welcome.

Milledgeville Main Street wants to especially thank our 2018 First Friday Sponsors:

CHAMPION
Magnolia State Bank
PARTNER
Fowler Flemister Concrete, Inc.
Standard Sand & Silica Co.
FRIEND
Exchange Bank
CONTRIBUTING PARTNER
Milledgeville Jaycees

Hometown Celebration: May the Fourth Be With You!

May the Fourth Star Wars Hometown ImageHometown Celebration returning to downtown Milly on May 4th

Milledgeville, GA – Main Street is excited to announce the return of the Hometown Celebration to downtown Milledgeville, and there is SO much to celebrate! In addition to being named a Great American Main Street City, this year marks 30 years of Main Street’s service to Milledgeville, building community connections through shared experiences. Main Street, the City of Milledgeville, Georgia College, and downtown businesses have partnered in shared support of this much anticipated community event, keeping it free and open to the public.

Introduced in 2014, the Hometown Celebration honored the City of Milledgeville Main Street/DDA earning award and designation as a national Great American Main Street City, as a community whose success serves as a model for preservation-based commercial district revitalization across the nation. Now in its fifth year, the Hometown Celebration has quickly become a community favorite event. On Friday, May 4th, from 6pm – midnight, the 100 block of West Hancock Street will be OPEN to pedestrians! While strolling around, be sure to check out the Old Capital Car Club’s boss classic cars from 6-9pm.

Two popular bands will be performing to keep the fun flowing. Local favorites from past First Friday events form the band Fiancé. They will open at 6pm with their smooth, old school Motown jams. At 8pm, headlining band Stereotype brings their unique music flavor from the Augusta, Georgia area with high energy, party rocking music of top 40’s hits, 90s hip hop, and everything in between.

New to Hometown this year… Embracing the Star Wars fandom holiday with which this celebration coincides, downtown will “Strike Back” and evade attack of the daily ho-hum at this event giving the community “New Hope” for galactic entertainment as the fun “Force Awakens.” Costumes of the “First Order” are encouraged to channel your inner Jedi, Sith, Leia, Stormtrooper, or other character. Entertainment reigns in the downtown galaxy and includes a Chewbacca Sound-Alike Contest, Costume Contest, Ahch-some activities, intergalactic photo ops, and, of course… May the Fourth Be with You!

8:00pm – Costume Contest
$20 Milly Money prize for winner in each of the 4 categories: Under 12, 12-17, 18+ & People’s Choice. Winners in an age category are not eligible to win People’s Choice award.

8:30pm – Chewbacca Sound-Alike Contest
$20 Milly Money prize for overall winner

For additional information, contact the Main Street Office at 478.414.4014 or by email.

 


Milledgeville Main Street has issued an open call for event sponsors, participants and vendors! Sponsorships are a fantastic way to show support and get involved. Applications are also being accepting for arts & crafts vendors and community organizations to set-up at the celebration. The vendor fee is $25. There is no cost for civic organizations promoting their cause in exchange for providing an activity event-goers can enjoy. DEADLINE EXTENDED: The deadline for submission is Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Want to be an event vendor or participating organization?
[Application Period Closed] Download a vendor participation application & submit today.

 

MBC Chamber Eggs & Issues

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March 21
MBC Chamber presents Eggs & Issues Dr. Noris Price: The State of the Schools
7:30am – Breakfast
8am – Presentation

Join the Chamber as they host the 2nd Eggs and Issues of 2018 at CGTC with breakfast at 7:30am, program immediately following. Dr. Noris Price, Baldwin County Schools Superintendent, will discuss the state of the schools & relevant news.
Register online today.

“Talking Trash” with Keep Milledgeville Baldwin Beautiful

KMBB Event ImageNovember 23
Talking Trash with Keep Milledgeville Baldwin Beautiful
at Need A Nerd
5:15pm

Join KMBB to “talk trash” & help beautify our community! All are welcome & discussion is open for thoughts on community efforts surrounding litter, recycling, and beautification.

MBC Chamber presents Eggs & Issues: Navicent Health

Eggs & Issues ImageNovember 15
Eggs & Issues presented by the MBC Chamber of Commerce at CGTC
7:30am – Breakfast
8am – Presentation

Join the Chamber for the Fall conclusion of the Eggs & Issues series with a presentation by Rhonda Perry, of Navicent Health, on the ORMC-Navicent Health relationship & the future of our community hospital.

Register online today.

Young Professionals: Cocktails & Conversation

Cocktails & Conversation Linked ImageOn October 12, 2017, from 5:30-7:30pm, join the Young Professionals for Cocktails and Conversations. They are excited to partner with Buffington’s in downtown Milledgeville to support the Chard Wray Food Pantry. Bring a $5 donation or 5 canned goods to get in the door. Come out to network with Young Professionals in the community. The event is open for all, young professionals, young at heart professionals, and young to the community professionals. This is a wonderful event supporting non-profits and local businesses in Milledgeville and Baldwin County.

Gospelfest Linked Image

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Senior Advisory Committee Search

Senior Advisory Committee Search: Deadline Extended to July 7, 2017

Are you 55+ and interested in serving to help move downtown Milledgeville forward? We are looking for a dedicated group to serve on our Senior Advisory Committee. Main Street is conducting a candidate search & the deadline to apply is Friday, July 7th. Download an application & details or contact us by email at cschulte@milledgevillega.us or phone 478.414.4014 if you have questions or need more info.

Hometown Celebration

Saturday, April 22nd
Hometown Celebration
2-10pm

Milledgeville earned national recognition in 2014 as one of the finest downtowns in America and was awarded as a Great American Main Street City. In honor of our community being awarded as one of the top in the nation, our community partners are hosting a celebration to which all community members and supporters are invited. The Hometown Celebration is always a crowd-pleaser, with this year’s event on a Saturday, having extended hours, and has been moved earlier in the year, when the weather isn’t as hot, for a block party of epic proportions!

On Saturday, April 22nd, from 2-10 pm, the 100 block of West Hancock Street will be OPEN to pedestrians for the 3rd Hometown Celebration! Blind Driver, Scott Little, The Majestics and other live bands will provide music to keep downtown Milledgeville rockin’ and toe-tappin while there will be activities the entire family can enjoy. Local organizations will keep the activities going, downtown businesses will have limited time special sales, and the outdoor dining options will be plentiful. Be on the lookout for other Hometown fun too.

For more information, contact the Main Street Office by phone at 478.414.4014 or email adavis@nullmilledgevillega.us.

Milledgeville Main Street especially thanks our Hometown Celebration event sponsors who’s support keeps this party going for the F-U-N and enjoyment for all!

 

 

 

 

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