A brief history of Small Business Saturday

Ruben Ruiz
November 23, 2017

The statistic, released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, reflects consumer insight regarding shopping on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sunday and Cyber Monday, according to a press release.

By shopping or dining at your favorite local places in the city throughout the year, you're showing your support for small businesses and making a positive impact here. Spending at independent retailers and restaurants throughout the USA on Small Business Saturday has grown from $5 billion in 2012 to $15.4 billion in 2016, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. For example, the nation's largest retailer, Walmart, will begin its shopping deals at midnight Thursday on walmart.com for people who don't want to wait in line for in-store sales, which begin at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Before taking office in 2013, O'Brien was the founder and owner of GoldWorks at 499 Campbell Ave., a jewelry fix and retail shop that has operated in the heart of the downtown business district since 1988.

If your store is ready to go, have your team members check in on the neighborhood Shop Small Welcome Station to see if any extra hands are needed to pull it together. Small Business Saturday is right around the corner this year on November 25.

According to Susan Cator, director of the Darien Chamber of Commerce, numerous small businesses in town are participating in Small Business Saturday with a range of sales, pending on the store. We get to know them.

"The community is the backbone of my business and means everything to me in providing feedback on new menu items and drinks to the promotion of local sports and activities".

In Macomb County, Shore said, she has seen growth in small businesses for the last 10 years, even during the recession.

Small Business Saturday

She encouraged the community to come out and do some holiday shopping.

That personalized service keeps a lot of customers coming back to their local shops, according to Ingrid Tigue, executive director of the Birmingham Shopping District.

In fact, 29,624 new jobs were created in 2014 alone, meaning that 47.90 percent of all employees in Minnesota were working for a small business that year. ". In our case specifically, we serve all North Carolina products so not only are they supporting our family, but they're supporting dozens if not hundreds of North Carolina families".

Shore thinks the more options, the better for local customers.

"You're not just supporting your local economy", Mrs. Aucter said.

Many will be rushing out this Friday (or Thursday night) to take advantage of holiday sales.

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