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A survey by American Express found 93 percent of consumers believe shopping at small businesses is  important, and they’re putting their money where their mouths are by  spending about a third of their discretionary income at local small  businesses. Here are a few reasons you should join them by participating  in Small Business Saturday this year.

  1. Get free money. For Amex cardholders, shopping local on Nov. 26 can net a $25 credit on a $25 purchase. Check out the Small Business Saturday Facebook page for details on how and where. (FedEx partnered with American Express to  offer 40,000 $25 Amex gift cards to non-Amex customers too, but they  ran out in about an hour.)
  2. Find something different. They often have unique items or services you won’t find in the mass retailers. These can make great gifts.
  3. Preserve unique places to eat, drink, and shop. That  uniqueness can also help create a community character and a sense of  place. Think of the reasons you like to travel – it’s probably not  because the destinations have another McDonald’s or Walmart. Shopping at  these stores helps keep them alive, and encourages new ones.
  4. Make friends. The  service is often much better. More than 20 percent of consumers in the  American Express survey listed being greeted by name and getting  personal recommendations as the primary reason for shopping small. Local  businesses depend on maintaining relationships, unlike the giants who  sometimes seem too successful to care.
  5. Improve the community. Small  businesses support the local area with their taxes, by creating jobs,  and often by buying from and working with other local companies. Many  also support local nonprofits and community groups.

Source: Money Talks (http://s.tt/140IO)


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TACC Annual Christmas Parade
10am-3pm Saturday Dec. 6th
Downtown Thorndale
Parade at 1:30pm.



Operation Brown Santa
The Thorndale Police Department has teamed with the Milam County Sheriff’s Department in Operation Brown Santa.

What is Brown Santa? Brown Santa is a community service program hosted by the Milam County Sheriff’s Department and its sole mission is to provide toys to as many underprivileged children in the area as possible. We are able to provide this valuable service, thanks to donations from generous Milam County area peace officers, sponsors and through private / individual donations. Brown Santa would not be successful without the support of our sponsors. Because of YOU, Brown Santa is able to provide more gifts to children, who might otherwise be receiving little or no gifts.
 
Together, we can make a difference, change lives, and celebrate the magic of this joyous season.  The Thorndale Police Department is now accepting new, unwrapped toys and clothing for children ages 1 through 16 years of age.  Please take a moment to donate to our local families that are in need.
 
If you would like to participate, please drop off your donations with any Thorndale Police Officer or at the Thorndale Police Department, 105 North Main Street in Thorndale.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity in giving back to your community this Christmas Season.


Get Involved...  Get Results!

The Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce, located in downtown Thorndale, TX is dedicated to promoting growth and economic development, advocating for sound public policy, and serving our members with outstanding programs and benefits in and around the Thorndale area.

We know that growing your business isn't easy. That's why we're here. Our single-minded goal is to help your business grow and prosper. By promoting a strong local economy, advancing the interests of the business community and serving our members, we can make our community an even better place to live, work and play. If your organization isn't currently a Chamber member we invite you to join now.

NOW ONLINE!

Our Website is now online!  We invite you to explore this new tool to our Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce.  Check out our Chamber Members pages, Events Calendar and Photos of recent events.  While you're here, take note of things you like or dislike and let us know what you think by sending us a message through our 'Contact Us' page.

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