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Oakland County’s Local Gem Sweepstake has ended

  • We are no longer accepting entries. Submissions ended November 26, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Winners will be notified by December 5, 2022
  • Awards will be distributed December 15, 2022
  • Thank you for Participating!

​Thank you if you shopped small this year—or for the first time—in Oakland County!

Congratulations to the Winners!


INTRODUCTION

Utilize Oakland County’s Small Business Saturday Campaign to build visibility and foot traffic for your business during the holiday shopping season.

Step 1

ENTER YOUR BUSINESS INTO “LOCAL GEMS” SWEEPSTAKE

You can submit a selfie taken at your Oakland County small business and complete an Entry Form for the “Local Gems” Sweepstake.

1st Prize:  $1,000  |  2nd Prize:  $500

SWEEPSTAKE DEADLINE:  November 26, 2022

You can only enter your business one time.  However, the closer to November 1 that you enter, the more promotional exposure you will receive from the county, including mention on OakGov.com/ShopSmall.

  • Original photo should be of the inside or outside of your small business in Oakland County—or a special product you are promoting.

  • A small business is defined for this program as an independently owned and operated, legal, brick and mortar business.

  • A person does not have to be in the photo.  

  • Sweepstake participants must be 18 years or older at the time of entry deadline.

The sweepstake ends on Small Business Saturday, 11:59 PM ET, November 26, 2022.

Winners are determined by a random drawing and notified by December 5, 2002.  The check is presented at an in-person event on December 15, 2022.

Genisys Credit Union is sponsoring the sweepstake and providing the prize money.

See SWEEPSTAKE OFFICIAL RULES for more information.
Step 2

 ORDER MATERIALS TO PROMOTE “LOCAL GEMS” SWEEPSTAKE TO YOUR FRIENDS, RELATIVES, AND CUSTOMERS

​You can print and use any of these materials produced by Oakland County:

Small Business Saturday Poster
Sweepstake Flyer
Poster Size:  11” x 17”

Flyer Size:  8-1/2” x 11”

​Display the Sweepstake Cards and Poster at your business.  Let your friends, relatives, and customers know they can submit a selfie taken at your Oakland County small business, complete an Entry Form for the “Local Gems” Sweepstake, and have a good chance at winning as much as $1,000.
 
Each person can enter your business in the sweepstake one time.  However, with each different business they submit, they increase their odds of winning.
 
Original photos should be of the inside or outside of a small business in Oakland County.
 
A person does not have to be in the photo.  Sweepstake participants must be 18 years or older at the time of entry deadlines.
 
NOTE:  You can customize the back of the Sweepstake Card to promote your business.
 
If you do not want to print your own materials, you can order printed materials, while supplies last, by contacting Erick Phillips at Oakland County:  phillipse@oakgov.com  |  (248) 858-4070. Step 3

USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS AND “LOCAL GEMS” SWEEPSTAKE 

You can use these social media graphics and draft posts to promote Small Business Saturday, holiday shopping, and your small business.  Customize posts to meet your business needs.

Social Media Tip Sheet

The Tip Sheet has some sample posts that you can customize to promote your businesses.

USE THIS HANDLE AND THESE HASHTAGS TO FOLLOW THE “LOCAL GEMS” SWEEPSTAKE CAMPAIGN:

@AdvantageOak  |  #LocalGemOC  |  #ShopLocalOaklandTogether  |  #OaklandCounty

Step 4

SUBMIT A SHORT VIDEO

 
If you would like to submit a short video (15 seconds or less) promoting your small business in Oakland County, please contact Paula Harrington at Oakland County:  (248) 858-1890  |  harringtonp@oakgov.com

We do not guarantee use of submitted video.
 
Social Media Video Guide


 AMERICAN EXPRESS SMALL BUSINESS MAP

If you accept the American Express Card at your small business, make sure you are on their business locator map:

The Shop Small Resource Hub

Also, you can order Shop Small Decals and other promotion items from American Express.

 Small Business Support

If you are looking for a variety of small business resources, training, and support available to you through Oakland County, please contact Business Forward at:

BusinessFroward@OakGov.com  |  (248) 858-0783