"Support Small Business Month On Havana Street" Tells the Story of Shopping in Aurora, Colorado

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Havana Street, the top shopping district in Aurora, Colorado, celebrates small businesses in May with Support Small Business Month and a $250 Facebook prize.

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When you buy a product or service from a small business, your money goes right back into the local community.

Shopping in Aurora gets a social media boost in May as the Havana Business Improvement District (BID), dba On Havana Street, has declared May to be Support Small Business Month On Havana Street.

“Our hard-working small business owners are the backbone of the Havana Corridor,” said Gayle Jetchick, Executive Director of the Havana BID. “Through their hard work and help from the business district through advocacy, events and marketing, the Havana Corridor became the top shopping district in Aurora in 2012.”

Sales tax revenues On Havana Street rose over 200 percent in 2012.

Facebook will be the central hub for Support Small Business Month. The Havana BID will highlight a different successful small business every day in May on its Facebook page, telling their stories through photo albums and profile landing pages. People who “like” the Facebook page can enter to win a $250 Office Depot gift card.

Shoppers who wish to support Aurora, Colorado small businesses but who do not have a Facebook account can visit the On Havana Street website, where the Aurora business district provides a directory listing all of its member merchants. Another page on the website features links to the photo albums about each business featured during Support Small Business Month.

The Havana BID consists of 209 commercial properties and over 500 businesses including restaurants, taverns, retail shops, ethnic markets, health spas, beauty salons and much more. Many of the small business owners along Havana are third- and fourth-generation family-owned businesses. Some have been on Havana Street for over 20 years.

According to the Small Business Association, half of working Americans either own or work for a small business and small business creates two out of every three new jobs. “When you buy a product or service from a small business your money goes right back into the local community, so the value of small business to the community cannot be overstated,” said Jetchick.

“Let small business owners know you are on their side,” Jetchick urged. “This May, when shopping in Aurora, support small businesses and shop On Havana Street.”

About Havana Business Improvement District
The Havana Business Improvement District (BID) dba On Havana Street is a special district in Colorado created in 2007 by business and neighborhood leaders and Aurora city staff working together to build a stronger, better community. The District makes a difference by focusing on unique, culturally diverse events and fun new things to do and working to keep the area clean, safe and beautiful. For more information please contact Gayle Jetchick, Executive Director info (at) OnHavanaStreet (dot) com, (303) 360-7505.

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