In anticipation of Small Business Saturday next weekend, the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to promote hometown business and shop locally with its inaugural "Passport Program."
Residents who obtain a passport will be encouraged to visit participating San Ramon businesses to collect stamps. Once 12 to 15 stamps have been collected, participants can drop off their passports at the Chamber of Commerce office to be entered into a drawing for a variety prizes.
“Shopping locally not only ensures a vibrant and economically sound community, the sales taxes generated from the local dollar goes directly back into San Ramon,” city staff wrote on San Ramon’s website.
More than a dozen businesses throughout the city are participating, some of which will be donating prizes such as gift cards to the drawing. Participating businesses include Baskin Robbins, Best Donuts, Chocolate Works, ClubSport San Ramon, Firehouse 37, Peace Flower Montessori and Sports Basement. A full list of participating businesses will be posted on the chamber website in the coming days.
Chamber officials said they want residents to know that consenting participants will be sent promotional information from the chamber in the future. This information will not be distributed or used for solicitations and a resident can opt out at any time, according to the chamber.
Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
San Ramon’s passport program will be held throughout the city through Dec. 15. Passports are available for free at the San Ramon Chamber offices, 2410 Camino Ramon #125, and City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.