Campaigns to Engage New Customers

2nd Saturday Shop Across Columbia County – Every 2nd Saturday of the Month thru 2018

Businesses are invited to put out white balloons to show they are participating in the 2nd Saturday Shop.  What does that mean for customers?

By setting aside every 2nd Saturday, the merchants are encouraging shoppers to check out their monthly promotions and sales.

This promotion is FREE for businesses to participate.  We ask that business owners list their sale on our website on the Add Event Page on our website.  We suggest that businesses add their specials, promotions or promo demonstrations as early as they can to provide for

more exposure.  Thank you for consideration to shop local first.

#2ndSaturdayCC #hereincc #keepitlocalCC



Independent’s Week July 1st – July 7th – Every Year  After Father’s Day

Click on Picture. Save As. Use Social Media to promote your holiday sale or promotion to attract customers during the Holiday.


A social media campaign that is designed to promote local businesses

 Columbia County, OR – American Celebrating Our Independents!—Keep It Local Columbia County and the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) declare the week of July 1-7  Independents Week.  Many local communities have celebrations that invite their neighbors, have family in from out of town to local celebrations.  Local businesses are invited to offer sales and promotions around the holiday to promote shop small. 

“It’s a time to reflect on the importance of economic democracy and community self-determination by celebrating the nation’s locally owned independent businesses and the stake each citizen has in shaping their home town’s future,” stated AMIBA director Jennifer Rockne.  “Keep It Local Columbia County invites Columbia County to help celebrate by joining in activities around the county and in-store promotions offered by member businesses,” stated Natasha Parvey, Executive Director.

Please see Keep it Local Columbia County Events page to view the events around the holiday.


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Catch the Holiday Spirit Campaign – Nov. 16 – Dec. 28

Gift from Columbia CountyThere are several ways for the business to get involved in this collaborative county-wide campaign!

Catch the Holiday Spirit is a marketing campaign that has been used over the past seven years in some local communities to promote shopping locally. In 2015, Clatskanie Chamber mentored Rainier Chamber with this program. It works so well we launched a countywide campaign with local partners to create the tools for county campaign.

The list of participating businesses will be printed on the Spirit Cards for their community and advertised on social media.

Contact to sign up for the Spirit Campaign or call 503-498-1699. Deadline is Nov 9th, 2018.

Open Houses Nov. 18

We encourage all business to host an open house on Nov. 18 as part of the kick-off of the Catch the Holiday Spirit campaign and to offer promotional deals on Nov 18th.   In addition, some businesses offer treats like cider and cookies. Be creative! Keep It Local Columbia County will do promotional activities to encourage consumers to shop locally on these dates!


Tools to Participate (New Tools Added to Website Nov 9th)

Clatskanie & Rainier

 Scappoose & St Helens

St Helens Scappoose Catch the Spirit Holiday Rules and Info

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Marketing Campaign Pricing


Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24

Order FREE Shop Small Marketing materials such as reusable bags, signs, banners, and more at  And list your events for FREE on

Columbia County Shop Small Saturday