Springfield businesses partner with non-profits for Small Business Saturday

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Several downtown businesses are planning to make donations to non-profit organizations that benefit the Ozarks to celebrate Small Business Saturday.

“We think of is as a way to give back to our customers,” Ben Thomas, co-owner of Five Pound Apparel, said. “We have a lot of loyal customers in Springfield and in the surrounding area. It's a way to give back to them.”

His business will donate 5 lb. of food for every person standing in line ahead of their 9 a.m. opening Saturday. They already donate as much when customers buy t-shirts.

“We can't just put blanket sales out there,” Thomas says of his business’ efforts to compete in a jam-packed shopping weekend. “People are used to that. We have to use some unique strategies to really promote our business on those times of the year.”

There are other businesses planning to partner with non-profits. Fresh Gallery will be running a silent art auction Saturday, and will donate all the proceeds to GYNCA, which helps local women suffering from gynecological cancer. Shoppers can bid, and bids can also be called in over the phone.

A Cricket in the House plans to work with Harmony House, but the details aren’t final.

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