SEABROOK – Across the state and county, retailers and residents will be following up Black Friday with Small Business Saturday. Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been designated Small Business Saturday in an effort to encourage shoppers to spend money in locally-owned establishments rather than national corporate chains. This year, it falls on Nov. […]
SEABROOK – Across the state and county, retailers and residents will be following up Black Friday with Small Business Saturday.
Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been designated Small Business Saturday in an effort to encourage shoppers to spend money in locally-owned establishments rather than national corporate chains. This year, it falls on Nov. 26, and county and state officials are encouraging residents to take part.
Credit card giant American Express started Small Business Saturday, and they continue to support the effort.
“Since its inception, Small Business Saturday has brought national attention to supporting the local businesses we love,” said Elizabeth Rutledge, Executive Vice President for Global Advertising & Brand Management at American Express. “Small Business Saturday reminds consumers of how valuable small businesses are to our communities, and we are incredibly proud to be the founding partner.”
Maryland state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Mike O’Halloran said the day also provides an opportunity for residents to explore their community.
“Small Business Saturday is the perfect chance for holiday shoppers to support their local merchants, who also happen to be vested members of the community. When consumers take a trip to Main Street this Saturday, they will find themselves amongst their friends and neighbors,” he said.
A survey conducted by NFIB found that residents agree. Of the 58 percent of respondents who said they were aware of small business Saturday, 48 percent said they planned to spend more money at small businesses than last year. Overall, 76 percent of consumers plan to visit at least one small business during their holiday shopping, the survey found.
Government officials will also be supporting Small Business Saturday. Federal and state elected officials will use the opportunity to officially reopen the main street of Ellicott City following devastating floods earlier this year. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will be participating in small business events in Baltimore’s Pigtown neighborhood Saturday.
Closer to home, County Executive Rushern Baker, III took to social media to encourage residents to support small businesses tomorrow.
“Since we are overwhelmed with Black Friday and Cyber Monday ads and promotions to spend our money at the big chain and online retailers, I hope we also remember to patron all of our very special independent, family owned, and locally owned businesses throughout Prince George’s County this holiday season,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
For a list of small businesses nearby compiled by American Express, visit here. The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation also has a list available at http://hycdc.org/shop-small-small-business-saturday-november-26th/