Small Business Saturday

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.)

Greenway Day at the Oconee River Greenway

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Greenway Day 2018 at the Oconee River Greenway

Community members are invited to welcome warmer weather at the Greenway. Take a walk along miles of walking trails, find a shady spot under the expansive tree canopy, & meet friends, old and new, at Milledgeville’s premiere natural attraction.
Live music begins at noon
& includes:
12-2 p.m. Field Whipple
2-4 p.m. Local Folk
4-6 p.m. Mississippi John Doude

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.


February First Friday: Love Local

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Milledgeville Main Street and the downtown businesses have teamed up to offer you a chance to win $50 in Milly Money on February 2nd.
All you have to do is:
  1. Find the #LoveLocalMilly sign inside participating downtown businesses
  2. Snap a pic in front of the sign
  3. FB or Insta post your pic (public) using #LoveLocalMilly

That’s all! Then, you’re entered in the drawing for a chance to win $50 Milly Money.

On Wednesday, February 7th Main Street will draw the winner on a live FB feed.
The 42nd Floor :: Custom Apparel & More
Amici Milledgeville
Artistry Salon
Blackbird Coffee
The Brick – Milledgeville
Codee Rainey Designs
Doodle’s Cupcake Bakery
Firefly Boutique
French Vill’Edge
Georgia Bob’s BBQ Milledgeville
Gringos Milledgeville
Hairbar – A Hair & Nail Salon
Jack & Milly
Jimmy John’s
The Local Yolkal Cafe – Milly
Need A Nerd – Cell Phone and Computer Repair
The Market Collective
Oconee Outfitters
The Roost
Smoothie King
Velvet Elvis

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

Magnolia State Bank
Robins Financial Credit Union

Fowler Flemister Concrete, Inc.
Standard Sand & Silica Co.

97 Big FM
Century Bank & Trust
Computer Consultants of Milledgeville
Exchange Bank

Allied Arts
Milledgeville FOG (Fats, Oils & Grease)
Milledgeville Jaycees

Book Signing of “Night Flyers & Other Stories” hosted by Allied Arts

Night Flyers Book Cover ImageNovember 19
“Night Flyers & Other Stories” Book Signing hosted by Allied Arts

Author Harold A. Lawrence will sign copies of his latest book, “Nightflyers and Other Stories” at the Marlor House, 201 N. Wayne St.

This is a free community event for all book-lovers and spooky-story enthusiasts. “Night Flyers and Other Stories” will be on sale during the signing. Cash, check, and card will be accepted.

Christmas at the Old Governor’s Mansion

November 19 – December 22, 2017
Christmas at the Mansion

The Mansion will be fully decorated and open for Christmas tours beginning Sunday, November 19, 2017. The Mansion will be closed for Thanksgiving November 23-27.

Be sure not to miss this historic, splendid display at one of the most wonderful times of the year!


Treats 4 Halloween Logo ImageTuesday, October 31: (10am -12pm) Treats-4-Halloween
Bring your little mermaids & monsters to downtown Milledgeville to trick-or-treat at our downtown businesses. This is the perfect opportunity to bring the little ones out for guaranteed treats where you can visit many places grouped closely together at businesses you know and love.

Check back toward the end of October for a list of participating businesses that will be updated until the event. Please be sure to shop, dine and visit the participating Downtown Merchants who support this year’s Treats-4-Halloween.

Main Street’s Second Saturday Sale

Milledgeville Main Street’s Second Saturday Sale at The Pavilion

Every Second Saturday, 9am-12pm
October 14

Peruse yard sale and hand-made craft items while shopping.

Want to yard sale without using your yard or peddle your unique hand-made wares?
Get your application to join the Second Saturday Sale here.

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The Green Market is at The Pavilion every Saturday for your farm fresh favorites from local farmers and producers with quality local produce, meat, eggs, cheese, jams, baked goods & more. They accept & double SNAP dollars, gives food prep demos, and has a Kids Corner to entertain young market-goers.

Spring Book Sale & Author Fair

The Twin Lakes Library System, Mary Vinson Memorial Library in Milledgeville, present their Annual Spring Book Sale & Author Fair. They are sure to have literature favorites from classic to modern with bags, boxes and individual books for sale, as well as live music and local author readings.


The Farmers MarketMilledgeville FMkt Poster-01 is open every Tuesday, May – October and is located in downtown Milledgeville, next to the Golden Pantry, at The Pavilion.

This year’s market season is coming to a close, so be sure to stop by for your farm fresh favorites.

Sign up for the monthly Farmers Market newsletter for the latest
information & updates

Are you interested in being a Farmers Market vendor next season?
Get vendor rules and an application here.


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Milledgeville, GA 31061

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