As an entrepreneur who loves, lives, and represents the city of Tampa, you BET I’ll be supporting on Small Business Saturday! The story of America is written with every small business. It’s written in the cafes where we meet our first loves, the boutiques where we buy our babies’ clothes, and businesses that make our entrepreneurial dreams come true. In 2013, consumers spent around $5.7 Billion at independent merchants around the country on Small Business Saturday. How awesome is that?
American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses get more customers in 2010. The day encourages people to shop local on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Starting with a single day, #SmallBizSaturday has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. I love shopping local… so tell me, will you be participating in this years support?!
Reasons to Shop Small:
1.For every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $68 stays in the local economy compared to only $43 if spent at a national chain.
Source: Civic Economics study on Grand Rapids, Michigan – Sept. 2008
2. Local firms procure local goods and services at more than twice the rate of chains.
Source: Anderson Study of Retail Economics, Chicago, IL – Oct. 2004
3. If each household simply redirected just $100 of planned holiday spending from chain stores to locally owned merchants, the local economic impact would reach approximately $10 million.
Source: AIBA Economic Impact case study – Dec. 2002
How You Can Support:
- Eat at your fav local restaurant for Small Business Saturday Night, sponsored by SBA and the National Restaurant Association. Don’t forget your hashtags: #ShowUsYourMenu #DineSmall
- If you won’t be shopping or making it out of the house, a simple Facebook “like” can help your local biz reach it’s goals
- Get out there and do some holiday shopping!
As the tradition carries on this year, I continue to support small businesses by helping them find the perfect location for their retail or office space. If 2015 is your year to start your vision or expand, I’d love to help you find a space to make you shine. Happy Shopping!
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