Small businesses have faced some serious challenges since the coronavirus pandemic, and we’re seeing more big businesses come to their aid.

First, food delivery companies were waiving delivery fees for orders placed with local restaurants. Now, credit card company American Express is giving qualifying cardholders half off their purchases to select local businesses throughout the summer.

This is good for them, and great for you. Here are the details:


The Shop Small program gives cardholders $5 off each $10+ spent.

When you use your American Express card to spend $10 or more at one of the thousands of small businesses participating in the Shop Small program, American Express will give you a $5 statement credit.

If you’re an Amex cardholder, visit the Shop Small page and click “Enroll Now” to participate in the promotion.


Enroll by July 26 and get the cash back up to 10 times.

Through Sept. 20, you can get up to 10 different $5 statement credits. That means you have to make 10 different transactions of $10 or more to get the maximum cash back.



Non-cardholders are able to join the Shop Small program today.

On the Shop Small page, Amex says non-cardholders can apply today “to get immediate access” to a card and take advantage of their various promotions.


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