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Parker celebrates Small Business Saturday® in La Plata on Nov. 29

(Nov. 12, 2014 - La Plata, MD) Parker Financial, LLC announces that it has partnered with the La Plata Business Association (LPBA) to be a neighborhood champion for the inaugural “Shop La Plata” celebration on Small Business Saturday® to be held on Nov. 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the downtown business district of La Plata, Maryland.

Small Business Saturday® is held the first Saturday after Thanksgiving and was original created by American Express in 2010 to support the small businesses that continue to strengthen our economy and create jobs in small towns across America.

“The downtown business district of La Plata is a premiere community for small business economic development and growth,” says Keith Grasso, president of the LPBA and owner of Island Music Company.  

Small Business Saturday® helps small business kick off the busy holiday shopping season.  The role of a neighborhood champion is to inspire communities to participate in the day and support local Small Business Saturday® celebrations. To date, more than a dozen neighborhood champions have joined together to recognize the day and to commit to serve as ambassadors, encouraging family and friends to shop small at independently-owned shops and restaurants in our neighborhood.

“81% of small business owners said Small Business Saturday® is most effective when communities band together and host events,” according to a survey conducted by American Express.

This year’s event is supported by Business Alliance of Charles County, Charles County Chamber of Commerce, Charles County Government Economic Development and Tourism, and Town of La Plata among other neighborhood champions. 

"La Plata small business owners and neighborhood champions are working together to secure savings by establishing a cost sharing arrangement to realize marketing and advertising opportunities that would otherwise be cost prohibitive," says Personal Finance Expert for Women, Christine Parker, CFP, president of Parker Financial, LLC.

Participating merchants will be collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items on Small Business Saturday to support local food pantries.  Bring your family and friends.

Stay updated and informed about the event by following #ShopLaPlata hashtag and “like” the La Plata Business Association Facebook page. 

For inquiries about the event, please contact Christine Parker, co-chair of Shop Small celebration and president of Parker Financial, LLC at 301-751-7553.

About Parker Financial, LLC:  Established in 2008, Parker Financial, LLC is an independent woman owned  fee only registered investment advisory firm in Southern Maryland. The firm is a leading provider of personalized social security and retirement planning and investment advisory services, specialling in helping women executives in STEM related fields and entrepreneurs plan well to live well at every major milestone! www.pfadvisers.com 

About La Plata Business Association (LPBA):  LPBA provides opportunities for businesses, organizations, and individuals interested in the development, redevelopment and preservation of the downtown business district of La Plata to work together to promote the interest of the La Plata Business community through the sponsoring, marketing and programming of special events and to provide opportunities for advertising and joint marketing development. www.laplatabusinessassociation.com