Shop with the Scarecrows! Well, at least in Woodstock, GA.

Small Business Saturday will be here November 26th, and will be taking downtown Woodstock, GA by storm. Scavenger hunts, selfie contests, prizes and discounts around town will be bringing flocks of customers out to shop small. The initiative was started by American Express to remind people that in between the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness, supporting your local community with purchases can make a big impact! Small Business Saturday always falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for that reason.

Over time, the event has grown tremendously, last year 95 million people participated across the country, and AMEX has delegated responsibilities to Neighborhood Champions. This year, IOU Financial has been selected as Woodstock’s Neighborhood Champion, for the continued support of fueling small business growth.

IOU Financial has kicked off the #shopsmall movement by joining the neighborhood’s Scarecrow Invasion! Small businesses around downtown Woodstock have decorated scarecrows to represent certain facets of their business! So what is IOU Financial’s theme?2016-10-21_1306


Yes, we know money isn’t a game, but we know it is fun when you see it in your bank account! The IOU Monopoly Scarecrow (#128) sits right outside Woodstock Pharmacy on Main Street. He’s got all the telling signs of a true monopoly man, a top hat, cane, and don’t forget all those IOU dollars floating around! The festive fall sign points customers back to why they should be focused on shopping small November 26.

If you live in or around downtown Woodstock, you know how many great restaurants, coffee shops, retailers, and more are located there. IOU Financial is proud of the thriving businesses in our local community, and excited to be part of the festivities that promote the growth of small businesses in our very own neighborhood!

If you happen to visit Woodstock before Halloween, stop by the Visitors Center and vote for our scarecrow #128. Votes are $1 each and all proceeds are donated to GROW, an organization that helps Woodstock complete beautification projects. Plus the winner receives bragging rights with an awesome trophy.

Don’t live near Downtown Woodstock? No problem! Visit and see what your neighborhood has in store for Small Business Saturday.