Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI), has launched the #DGSOtogo contest to promote small businesses in the center city during the winter months. Participants in the contest have the opportunity to win $500 per week for themselves and the business they visited.

“Following the rush of the holiday season, January and February have traditionally been slower months for our small businesses. Add in the continued effects of the pandemic, and now more than ever we need to come together as a community to support each other,” says Zack Matheny, President and CEO of DGI. “#DGSOtogo aims to support not just our small business owners, but those people who choose to support local in the center city.”

DGI is challenging the Triad to find a local spot in downtown Greensboro and dine/shop in person, order takeout, buy gift cards or shop online. After spending $25 or more in a downtown business, participants can upload a photo of their signed receipt to be entered into a weekly drawing for $500. Additionally, the represented business on the receipt will also receive $500. Four other weekly winners will receive local business cards and/or downtown merchandise.

DGI hopes to raise enough donations from corporate partners to cover at least 12 weeks of drawings all while supporting the local economy. According to statistics, if every family spent an additional $10 per month at a local shop, the result would be an additional $9.3 billion directly returned to the local economy.

For a complete list of downtown restaurants and shops that offer convenient ways to dine in, order and shop online, and rules of the contest, visit