Cash Mob!

So how do you stimulate the local small business economy? Cash Mob!!!!! So how do you reward the consumer? With lots of prizes!!!!!! Small Business Cash Mob with a twist is the brainchild of Polish Village’s nonprofit organization Polish Village Parma, Inc. For every $10 spent at a participating small local business you’ll receive a ticket for entry in several drawings which will occur over a three month long period. Lots of prizes, lots of chances to win. Drawings monthly! Participating businesses will be along the stretch of Ridge Rd from Pearl & Ridge to Thornton, and on Pearl Rd from Pearl & Ridge to Snow Rd. These businesses are located in Parma’s Ward 2, home of Polish Village. Look for the promotional signs that will be coming real soon! 

Why are they doing this? The last three months have reeked havoc on the small business community. Besides the shut down, the loss of three months worth of business, in order to reopen they have the added burden of the costs associated with the health crisis. Little, if any, of these small businesses have received financial assistance. These are owned by families that have committed themselves to this community. They provide us goods and services we may not be able to obtain elsewhere. Unlike the big box stores, these small businesses can't reduce overhead, reduce their footprint, take pay cuts, lay off employees they don’t have enough of, or make cutbacks to survive. They already are operating on a shoestring budget. We don’t want vacant storefronts doting our community, do we? 

What’s in it for me? Your reward is the opportunity to win one of the many prizes, or even the grand prize. The prizes awarded during this three month long event is valued at $5,000 in total. Plus you might find a new favorite takeout place, barber, bakery, pet groomer, boutique, hair stylist or nail salon, and more. You also get the opportunity to get to know your neighborhood better and the satisfaction of knowing you are doing something good for your community. That’s a win-win in my book. 

Follow Polish Village on Facebook for updates. Be on the lookout for the promotional signs on Ridge and Pearl Roads of participating small businesses. 

Now is the time to shop small, shop local, and support your community. Shop Cash Mob!!!!

Kathryn Mabin

Board Secretary of Parma Area Fine Arts Council, Inc, or PAFAC, and Artist/Jewlery Designer, Owner Aire of Oppulence.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:46 AM, 07.01.2020