Mark your calendars. Starting Tuesday, Nov. 1, FedEx is giving away 30,000 Shop-Small $25 American Express gift cards through its Facebook page.
The cards can be used for purchases at qualifying small businesses nationwide. The event is part of the second-annual Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express, to help boost sales at small retailers during the holiday season. FedEx also will distribute another 10,000 gift cards directly to its customers.
Shoppers can register and share the offer with friends on Facebook. The cards will be shipped before Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. Only one gift card per Facebook user. There are no fees with the gift card.
Additionally, American Express is giving its cardholders a $25 credit if they register their card and spend $25 or more at qualifying small businesses on Nov. 26. The credit card issuer also has teamed up with Facebook, Google and Twitter to help promote the so-called shopping holiday.
American Express, which has a dedicated Facebook page for its small-business cardholders, found in an August survey that nearly half of Americans felt the strength of small business was worse off than just five years ago. But nine out of 10 believe the growth of that sector is critical to the health of the overall U.S. economy.
Maybe it's time to shop small.
Are you going to support small businesses this holiday season?
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