CHICAGO, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) and Downtown Hyde Park announced five Small Business Saturday kick off events supporting five mid-south side Chicago neighborhoods: Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park and Woodlawn. Sponsored by Bank of America and PNC Bank, the five Small Business Saturday kick off events are a call to action for residents to "follow the beat of the drum" and shop locally this holiday season. With performances by Chicago's own Low End Theory Drum Ensemble, shoppers will be entertained with live music, free refreshments and a chance to win up to $100 to spend at the hosting small business. "When our residents support locally-owned small businesses, the entire community wins," says Wendy Walker Williams, SECC Executive Director. " Maintaining a wide variety of shops and stores in our business districts strengthens the character and attractiveness of our communities!" Residents, neighbors and visitors are invited to the mid-south side Small Business Saturday kick off events on November 26th at Small Shop Cycles and Café on the Grove ( 9:30 am), Jo Jayden Shoes & Accessories ( 11:00 am), Jimmy's Famous Burger ( 12:30 pm), and William Hill Gallery ( 2:00 pm). The 2016 Small Business Saturday kick off events are supported by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, 51 st Street Business Association, Quad Communities Development Corporation and the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement. SECC shop local details are available online. Event graphics are available for download. About the South East Chicago CommissionThe South East Chicago Commission (SECC) works in collaboration with the City of Chicago, University of Chicago and other institutions, businesses and organizations to foster a spirit of community and to enhance the ongoing quality of life across the five footprint neighborhoods we serve including, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park and Woodlawn ( Chicago). About Downtown Hyde ParkThe SECC is the service provider for Downtown Hyde Park, Special Service Area #61, which is comprised of the 53rd and 55th Street business corridors connected by Lake Park Avenue. Funds spent by Downtown Hyde Park are used for business improvements, marketing, maintenance, and commercial and economic development initiatives.