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Get Your Plant City Small Business Ready for the Holiday Season!

To make the most out of this crucial time for your small business, you need to be prepared. The holiday season is when people are out shopping and looking at gifts so it's important that they find what their loved ones want among all those other things on their list too! Here the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce gives some tips about how to best navigate through these busy days in order to get ahead with sales:

Decorate Your Storefront

One of the best ways to attract holiday shoppers is to decorate your storefront. Put up some festive lights, garland, and a big sign that says "Happy Holidays!" This will let people know that you're open for business and ready to help them find the perfect gifts.

Hiring Seasonal Staff

With the holiday rush comes an influx of customers. To make sure you can handle the extra traffic, consider hiring seasonal staff to help out during busy times. This will free up your regular employees to focus on giving each customer the best possible experience.

Update Your Marketing Strategy

As the holiday season approaches, now is the perfect time to give your marketing a boost. One way to do this is by incorporating a holiday theme into your website and traditional marketing materials. This can help to attract attention and convey the message that your business is holiday-ready. In addition, holiday marketing can be a great opportunity to reach out to new customers and build relationships with existing ones. So don't let your holiday marketing be an afterthought - plan ahead and make it a priority. Your business will be glad you did.

Offer a Gift Guide

If you want to stand out from the competition, create a PDF gift guide that people can download from your website. You can even make multiple guides in one document for all kinds of shoppers, then separate your PDF pages into smaller files. This makes them incredibly useful for marketing. Include information on your top products, recommended gift ideas, and any special promotions you'll be running during the holidays. Make sure to include beautiful images and easy-to-use links so people can easily find what they're looking for.

Have Enough Inventory

Make sure you have enough inventory on hand to meet the demands of holiday shoppers. No one wants to find out that the perfect gift they were hoping to buy is out of stock. Keep track of your inventory levels and reorder popular items well in advance so you don't run into any problems come December. 

Last-Minute Shoppers

Don't forget about attracting last-minute shoppers! Many people wait until the last minute to do their holiday shopping, so make sure you have plenty of everything and extend your hours if needed. You can also offer special deals or discounts for people who shop with you at the last minute. 

Spread the Wealth

To genuinely show your appreciation for your customers this holiday season, consider giving back to your community. Make a donation to a local food bank or sponsor a family in need. This will not only make you feel good, but it will also make people more likely to support your small business in the future.


The holiday season is a critical time for businesses of all sizes. By following these tips, you can make sure your business has enough inventory and resources so that when customers flock to shop from their desks or homes it's because they need something specific--not just another thing on sale!

Membership in the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce offers invaluable benefits to entrepreneurs in our community. Join us today!


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