Did you ever walk into a small business brick and mortar store and buy something knowing that you have just helped the owner? I hope you have. I have and it feels great helping another small business owner! Small Business Saturday is my favorite time to shop for holiday gifts. This year, it is observed on November 28th.
If you don’t know about Small Business Saturday, here is some information.
It started in November 2010. It is observed the Saturday after Black Friday. It was created to encourage individuals to patronize brick and mortar small and local business. American Express promotes Small Business Saturday. If you want to find out more information, read the history on Wikipedia.
American Express has a small business locator that you can use to find a small business in your area that is participating in Small Business Saturday. Here’s the link. To give you some ideas on how to participate as a patron, here are some options.
- Check out your local indoor farmers market.
- Check out the boutiques you have passed by for years.
- Pick up lunch at a new takeout franchise near your home.
- Buy dessert at a local baker.
- Get your hair cut at a nearby salon.
If you own a small business and want to take part in Small Business Saturday, check out this link from American Express. Even if you can’t do it this year, you can find some inspirational ideas for the holidays or next Small Business Saturday.
I hope this helps you get inspired to shop small and local this Saturday. Share the love of your favorite local small business. Leave the name of your favorite local small business and why you love them in the comment below. I would love to hear from you.