Community Partner Resources

COMMUNITY PARTNERS RESOURCES

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 the small businesses in your community during the holiday shopping season.  Also, you can send us your community's holiday event and activities to list on the OakGov.com/ShopSmall landing page.

Step 1

ENCOURAGE YOUR BUSINESSES TO ENTER THEMSELVES INTO “LOCAL GEMS” SWEEPSTAKE

They can submit a selfie taken of their Oakland County small business and complete an Entry Form for the “Local Gems” Sweepstake.

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

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

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


  • Original photo should be of the inside or outside of their small business in Oakland County.  

  • 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.

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 FOR YOUR BUSINESSES TO PROMOTE “LOCAL GEMS” SWEEPSTAKE

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

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

Shoper Card Size:  8-1/2” x 11”


​Encourage the business to customize the back of the Sweepstake Card or Flyer to promote their 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

YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO WIN

Yes, YOU can submit selfies of your community’s Oakland County small businesses and complete an Entry Form for the “Local Gems” Sweepstake to win up to $1,000.

You can only enter a particular business once.  However, you can enter multiple, different businesses to increase your odds of winning.

Original photo should be of the inside or outside of the small business in Oakland County.   Step 4

USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO PROMOTE YOUR COMMUNITY’S BUSINESSES AND “LOCAL GEMS” SWEEPSTAKE

Social Media Tip Sheet

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

USE THIS HANDLE AND HASHTAGS TO FOLLOW THE “LOCAL GEMS” SWEEPSTAKE CAMPAIGN
 @AdvantageOak  |  #LocalGemOC  |  #ShopLocalOaklandTogether  |  #OaklandCounty

Step 5

SUBMIT A SHORT VIDEO  

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

Social Media Video Guide

SEMCOG COMMUNITY “SHOP LOCAL” VIDEO

Here are the instructions to have a video done for your community: https://semcog.org/shop-local


We do not guarantee use of submitted video.

 AMERICAN EXPRESS SMALL BUSINESS LOCATOR

If your businesses accept the American Express Card, make sure they are on the American Express business locator map:

The Shop Small Resource Hub
Step 6

HOLIDAY SPECIAL EVENT LISTINGS

If you would like your community’s holiday event and activities listed on the OakGov.com/ShopSmall website under your community name, please email Paula Harrington, Oakland County, at harringtonp@oakgov.com

  • Your name, email, and phone number
  • Community name
  • Website and/or social media handles, hashtags where community activities are listed/updated
  • Date/name/description of any special holiday events or activities you want listed