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Doing Business in Downtown Fond du Lac

Learn about the advantages of doing business in downtown Fond du Lac.

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Donate to YOUR Downtown

Learn how you can support the downtown financially.

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About the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership

Learn about the advantages of doing business in downtown Fond du Lac.

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The Wedding Collection

Downtown businesses dedicated to making your day perfect!

Downtown Gift Certficates

Buy and shop at any participating downtown business.

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Shop Small and Win Big

This Holiday Season the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership is making it easy to choose shopping small.

The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership is offering $500 in downtown gift certificates to one lucky local shopper this holiday season.

The DFP wants to emphasize the importance of shopping small and shopping local all year round. The holiday season is an especially busy shopping time and we invite you to think of downtown Fond du Lac first. There are a variety of unique, locally owned businesses that offer personalized services and products.

Want to win $500 by shopping downtown? It’s easy:

  1. Shop in Downtown Fond du Lac and keep all your receipts.
  2. Staple all of your receipts (or copies) to an entry form.
    (Pickup an entry form at downtown businesses or click here to download a PDF.)
  3. Drop off your form and all of your receipts at 30 S. Portland Street or send by mail.

You will receive one entry for every $10 you spend downtown between November 1 and December 31. 

Entries must be received by December 31, 2017. 

Click here for full sweepstakes rules and details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q) Do I need to submit a separate entry form every time I spend $10?

A) No. Save your receipts all season long and then staple them all to one entry form. We'll do the math for you and give you one entry for every $10.

Q) I submitted my receipts, but now I spent another $10. Can I get another entry?

A) Yes! You can submit your receipts as many times as you would like over the course of the entry period, but be sure to read the answer to the next question to understand the details!

Q) Will you add all of my receipts together?

A) If you submit all your receipts on one entry form, then the answer is yes. $30 spent at numerous locations would give you a total of 3 entries. However, if you submit numerous entry forms over the entry period, the math will be done for whatever receipts are attached to each form. For example, if you spend $18 and submit your receipts and an entry form to the DFP on November 30 and then spend $12 and submit those receipts with another entry form on December 30, you will receive one entry from November 30 and one entry from December 30 for a total of two entries, even though you would spent $30 total. Based on the number of entries we receive for this contest, we simply do not have the staffing to merge your entries into one. To avoid this problem, we encourage you to submit all of your receipts with one entry form.

Q) Do receipts for gift certficates count?

A) Yes! Scroll down to purchase downtown gift certificates online and print off the email receipt to attach with any other downtown receipts.


 

 

Downtown Gift Certificates


Downtown Fond du Lac gift certificates make a perfect gift for any occasion.

Available as $10, $25, or $50 certificates.

Certificates may be redeemed at more than 55 participating businesses! Click here to view a full list.

Purchase Your Gift Certificate

Visit us during standard business hours:

30 S. Portland St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

We accept cash, check, or credit/debit cards.

Purchasing from out of the area?

Use the button below to purchase online or call us at 920-322-2006 to order over the phone. We're happy to mail gift certificates directly to recipients or to the purchaser.
 

Choose your Gift Certificate

 

Give the gift of shopping small. Click here for more information on Downtown Gift Certificates and the list of participating downtown businesses.


 

Downtown Visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Santa & Mrs. Claus will be welcoming visitors on various dates in numerous locations in Downtown Fond du Lac this year. Visits are free and attendees are encouraged to bring their camera to capture the moment! 

November 25 – Jack's Team Sports; 9-10 a.m.

November 25 – Wood Sampler; 10:30-11:30 a.m.

November 25 – Gallery & Frame Shop; Noon-1 p.m.

November 25 – Ubuntu Art Space; 1:30-2:30 p.m.

December 6 – Fond du Lac Public Library; 4:30-7 p.m.

December 15 – Riverwalk Art Center; 7:15-8 p.m.

December 22 – Cujak's Wine & Coffee Bar, 5-6 p.m.

December 22 – Theo’s 24, 6-7 p.m.


 

Supporting the Small Businesses Who...

...Support the Community Where You Live, Work and Play

There is nothing small about small business; it takes a big person with intense commitment, big resolve and unwavering determination to make any business succeed. No matter the obstacles, the risk, or the uncertainties, small business owners persevere and make it happen. They inspire others to do the same.

 

Supporting the Community Where You Live

Consider how local independent shops invest in their community. Local businesses are proportionally more generous in the support of local charities, schools and community events than big box stores; independent local merchants return 68% of their income to your local economy versus 48% in local economic activity when spent at a chain retailer. In addition to generosity, local businesses also improve residential neighborhoods. On average, this means that home values increase more than 50% when they are close to small businesses. Internet purchases from large conglomerates simply can’t do that. Supporting local shops means a financial contribution back to the community.

"We're encouraging people to shop early and shop often at our locally owned businesses, then dine in one of our local restaurants."

"When you have dollars staying here, that motivates and encourages people to open a business here, or expand or renovate one," said Amy Hansen, executive director of the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership. "The future of our unique Fond du Lac businesses depends on people shopping small and shopping local."

 

Supporting the Community Where You Work

When you shop local and small, you provide job opportunities for your friends and neighbors. According to a Forbes report, over 50% of the U.S. working population or 120 million people in the U.S. are employed by small businesses, and since 1995, 65% of new jobs created were attributed to small businesses. Each month, over 543,000 new small businesses are founded and about half of these new businesses survive for more than five years. These might be surprising statistics, but they shouldn’t be. Small businesses easily adapt to changing economies and more successfully keep their fingers on the pulse of new trends and technology. According to the Small Business Association, over the past 24 years, small businesses have added jobs, while big businesses have eliminated them.  An eight million increase versus a four million decrease.

 

Supporting the Community Where You Play

Local business owners are well-known throughout Fond du Lac as passionate, kind, and courageous individuals. When shopping at a locally owned business, you know the person behind the counter and they have a vested interest in your happiness at their store as well as in the overall well-being of the community they call home. Nationally, small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to non-profits and community causes. It’s easy to spot local contributions in Fond du Lac, just take a look at the logos on the jerseys during summer athletics, make a note of the advertisers in the Playbills for local arts programs, or read the plaques near playground equipment in the local parks. Your help supporting local businesses means they can help support the local community.