By Ashley D. Bell, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Join in celebrating the 10th year of Small Business Saturday this November 30th! Celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is a way for consumers to kick off the busy holiday shopping season and make an impact in their community by supporting independently-owned businesses. Each year, we encourage entrepreneurs to leverage Small Business Saturday to help drive more traffic to their businesses – whether it’s through their storefront doors or to their website during the holiday shopping season.
Last year, thousands of communities in all 50 states—as well as U.S. territories and Washington, D.C.—rallied their friends and neighbors to celebrate the day, and in 2018 an estimated 104 million U.S. consumers reported shopping or dining at local independently-owned businesses on Small Business Saturday. The total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record high of an estimated $17.8 billion in 2018 according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).
Let’s continue to grow this trend. We all know how important America’s 30 million small businesses are to our economy and to overall job creation.
You have a choice when shopping for the holidays and for every day of the year. Consider your community and the entrepreneurs that support your local economy; they are your neighbors and your colleagues. Make a difference this holiday season by choosing to shop small and dine small.
Business owners are invited to take advantage of the assistance offered by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in your area throughout the year. You can get support in all facets of starting and supporting your business; marketing ideas, business strategies, planning, counseling, expanding, hiring go employees and more. purchase your gifts from local small businesses, you expand goodwill in the local economy and promote local business. This Small Business Saturday -SHOP LOCAL!
Join the more than 100 million Americans in shopping and dining small on Small Business Saturday for your holiday shopping. Be sure to share your stories and where you’re shopping via social media using #ShopSmall.
Shop with your neighborhood businesses on November 30th!