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Challenge to boost small business jobs in Boston

Posted on December 9, 2015

A new challenge from the city’s mayor will support the small business jobs in Boston.

Boston’s annual “Holidays on Main Streets” campaign is a small business initiative to encourage Boston residents to shop local this holiday season.

This holiday season, the City of Boston is offering residents and visitors the opportunity to park for free for two hours at all 8,000 metered parking spaces on the day of their choice from Friday, November 27th through the end of the day on Saturday, January 2nd.

The  ParkBoston app must be used and code 617617 should be entered to take advantage of this offer.  The free ParkBoston app is available through the App Store or Google Play for iPhone and Android users, and a pay-by-voice option is offered for those without web-enabled phones.

Each ParkBoston account will be allowed to use this special code once.  ParkBoston users are encouraged to share this information with family and friends so that as many people as possible can visit their favorite restaurant, shop or theater in the City of Boston over the holidays.

“I’m challenging every holiday shopper to enjoy what our Main Street Districts have to offer this holiday season by participating in the ‘5 on Main’ challenge,” said Mayor Walsh. “Our Main Street districts are an important part of our local economy. Out of every dollar spent in a local business district, 58 cents will be returned to that community, fueling our local economies and contributing to more vibrant neighborhoods.”

Mayor Walsh’s “#5onMain” challenge is designed to inspire holiday shoppers to support Main Streets and other local commercial districts during the holiday season.

Participants in the challenge pledge to support local businesses at least five times during the holiday season, either purchasing gifts, dining, or participating in local holiday events in Main Streets districts.

Holiday shoppers are encouraged to accept the challenge via social media, using the hashtag “#5onMain”.