Show a little love

Published 9:14 pm Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Don’t forget your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, but this year, be sure to save a little love for your favorite Suffolk small business.

Suffolk shoppers are being urged to rekindle their love for local business through a Valentine’s Day promotion by the Suffolk News-Herald and the Suffolk Department of Economic Development.

The two entities have partnered on a contest that encourages locals to support independently owned businesses in Suffolk. A similar contest was conducted on Small Business Saturday, two days after Thanksgiving. Dozens of people entered the contest.

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To participate in the contest, visit any independently owned business in Suffolk between now and midnight on Valentine’s Day. Post a photo from inside the business to the Suffolk News-Herald’s Facebook page, or tweet it, and make sure to include the hashtag #iheartSuffolkbiz and mention the business in your post.

Photos must be posted on Valentine’s Day, and for every one that’s submitted, the submitter will get an entry into a drawing for one of five $100 gift certificates. Entrants can visit as many businesses as they like and enter from each one. There’s no purchase necessary.

The drawing will take place on Feb. 16. For more information about the contest, visit

Come on, Suffolk. Show your small-business friends a little love on Saturday.