Shop Small / Local businesses gear up for Small Business Saturday

Posted November 23, 2017

This nationwide movement, which gives small businesses a chance to compete with large retailers and online merchants during the holiday shopping bustle, is wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There were over 6,700 neighborhood champions who organized events and activities to rally their neighborhoods last year, which was a 63 percent increase from the year prior.

Randy Norman, owner of Eli of Troy Menswear, stands before an impressive selection of shirts available at the shop.

Traditional shopping spots such as malls and big-box retailers are planning events to make holiday shopping more fun and to make it part of a memorable family experience. In honor of small businesses, American Express founded Small Business Saturday which will be held November 25.

"Join us and celebrate small businesses in Princeton", Kim Frey, executive director of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce, said. Encourage everyone to use the approved Small Business Saturday hashtags including #ShopSmall and #SmallBizSat.

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"It's vitally important for consumers to visit small, local businesses".

Nationally, Womply says the three biggest days for revenue for retailers in 2016 were Black Friday, with sales 77 percent higher than usual, December 23, with sales up 48 percent, and Small Business Saturday, which saw a sales boost of 38 percent. Social media can be incredibly helpful to us as well.

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After a tasty hot dog and craft beer, we're going to hit up more west Wilson businesses before heading downtown where Krueger's Candies is offering a free half-pound of taffy with purchases of $20 or more as well as taking orders for stockings filled with sweets made by hand in the Nash Street location.

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There are 509,732 small businesses in operation across Minnesota which make up 99.50 percent of all the businesses based on data from the Office of Advocacy's Small Business Profiles.

"Supporting small businesses is critical to the health and livelihood of our national economy and local communities", said NFIB CEO and President Juanita Duggan.

But Goldthwait said there are many challenges to owning and operating a small business. "Most customers accept what they get because of the hassle of sending something back when you ordered it online". As people got let go from corporate jobs, they took the opportunity to start a business servicing something they were passionate about.

Kurash said that between the Chamber of Commerce event, which is organizing promotions and a Facebook event for the day, and other businesses there will be around 30 altogether, similar to last year's numbers.

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