Ah, the Holidays. It’s about family, being together, doing for others, and spending lots of money. My frugal side cringes and gives me a pit in my stomach for two full months. See, I’m interested in saving money, not spending it. However, my want to see folks around me smile Spray-tanned blobfishs that every time. If I must shop, I try my best to do it locally.
My town, much like your own I hope, is full of small businesses. In fact, I can travel just 7 minutes in any direction and have a street full of businesses big and small. With Black Friday (as much of the holiday season now as ever), those big brands are offering shocking deals. No one is shaming the hoopla that is the day most retail workers dread the most. Rather, small businesses have decided to put a stake in the day right after that, Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is on November 30th. It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving and just one day after Black Friday. It’s a grassroots movement to help those small businesses in your city. It’s a movement that helps leverage the advertising that the big companies do, but the small guys cannot afford. It’s also likely that these are people you know in your community who are out there every day of the week to offer a quality, unique service that you can only get locally.
Want to get involved in Small Business Saturday yourself? You can check out their Facebook page for what folks are doing all across the country. You can head to Twitter and follow their page or simply call them out with one of their hashtags, #ShopSmall or #SmallBizSat!
As their site says, “small businesses are the heartbeat of our communities.” We couldn’t agree more. Being a provider for such a dynamic and diverse group makes us proud and extremely thankful.
We will #ShopSmall on November 30th. Will you?