News Release HAMILTON, Bermuda – It is that time again – to Eat, Shop, and Play in the BEDC Economic Empowerment Zones (EEZs)! The BEDC “Eat, Shop, Play.” Shop to Win Draw started on November 27th and continues through January 5th. When you spend $20 or more in any participating restaurant or store in the EEZs in Somerset, North East Hamilton, and St George’s, you are entered into a draw for a chance to win a $500, $300, or $200 Gift Voucher to your favourite participating restaurant or store.

Donte Hunt, Acting Director of Micro Small & Medium Enterprise, states, “This initiative is designed to incentivize customers to shop in the Zones, and it also provides an opportunity for our Officers to engage with the shop owners to determine how best to support them during this holiday season.”

He continues, “Eat, Shop, Play is a fun way to inspire the public to visit and shop at unique restaurants and stores located a little off the beaten path and, as a bonus, the chance to win some extra cash during this holiday season.” Eat, Shop, Play, is not just a great opportunity for customers, but business owners can win too. The store that the grand prize winner patronizes wins an additional $500.

Charmaine Russell said, “CN Hairloft/Surishae Co has actively participated in EAT • SHOP • PLAY since its inception. I am passionate about taking part in this initiative as it provides me with the opportunity, with the support of the BEDC, to give back to my Somerset community. It’s a fulfilling experience to contribute to the local area and support the growth and well-being of the community that has given us so much.”

Ondreyah Rochester & Dennis Carter, both MSME Officers in charge of Somerset and St. George’s, respectively, shared their sentiments, “We are thrilled to be offering this incentive to shop in the EEZs again. This initiative invites everyone to discover unique shopping experiences, enjoy fantastic offers, and participate in our exclusive raffle with attractive prizes. It’s a wonderful opportunity to support local businesses and win big!

”To participate, spend $20 or more in any participating store in Somerset, North East Hamilton,and St George’s from now until January 5th. Winners will be announced on January 12th. Shop for your chance to win a $500, $300, or $200 gift voucher to spend at any participating business in the EEZs. For more information and a list of participating stores, please visit www.bedc.bm. Happy shopping and Happy Holidays!

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