Skowhegan resident Tabetha Kresge won the Small Business Saturday Passport to Savings drawing organized by Main Street Skowhegan. The prize, a $100 Visa gift card, was sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank.

“I haven’t won anything before. This is great!,” Kresge said in a Main Street Skowhegan news release. “We were just shopping for a gift and went into Lynette’s. She told us about the passport program and we thought it was a great idea. So we did it.”

The program encouraged shoppers to visit their choice of 31 participating businesses in the Skowhegan area on Small Business Saturday, collect stickers in their passport upon making a purchase, then turn in the passport to be entered into the drawing for the $100 gift card.

A total of 132 shoppers collected 383 stickers with each sticker representing a purchase in one of the participating businesses.

“The Small Business Saturday Passport to Savings Program was a big hit in downtown Skowhegan,” Kristina Cannon, executive director of Main Street Skowhegan, said in the release. “We had two participating businesses tell us they had their best sales day ever, and several others reported having their best Small Business Saturday ever. The event not only increased sales, it boosted brand awareness for local businesses as well. I can’t wait for next year—I’m already brainstorming ways to make it even better.”

For more information about Main Street Skowhegan, visit MainStreetSkowhegan.org.

Main Street Skowhegan is a nonprofit organization focused on the ongoing revitalization of downtown Skowhegan. Since the organization’s founding in 2005, Main Street volunteers and staff have been instrumental in orchestrating downtown projects as varied as public infrastructure improvements, historic building restoration, community-building events, and wellness programs for small businesses.


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