Ch2. Make a Big Difference, SHOP SMALL
Small Business Saturday is fast approaching, and this year I wanted to highlight some of the most incredible people and businesses that I have had the privilege of getting to know!
But first, let's share some info on how much it means to support a small business:
- Did you know that 33.2 million small businesses currently operate in the U.S. and generated 12.9 million new jobs over the past 25 years?
- According to American Express, 67 cents of every dollar spent in a small business stays in the local community.
- Many small businesses reported that how they do throughout the holiday season will determine if they stay afloat the following year.
Those stats are so impactful! Small businesses make such a big difference in our communities, and supporting them and uplifting them is so important to not only the economy, but also so many people's lives.
As a consumer, there are plenty of ways you can support small businesses beyond just buying and shopping with them. We understand that sometimes the budget is just not there, sometimes necessities and priorities can be specific and not aligned with what we offer...and that's OK!
Here are some other really impactful ways to support your small business owners in your community that really do make a HUGE difference...
- Like, tag, comment, share, save! Many small businesses rely on social media to continue to get their name out there and support their growth. Every like, tag, comment, share and save means the world and ensures our content is seen by others!
- Leave positive reviews. Online platforms such as google and yelp, on websites, on social media! Positive reviews go such a long way!
- Spread the word. Share with friends and family, as word of mouth is such a powerful way to get the word out about small businesses and all they have to offer!
- Buy gift cards. If you’re not able to shop in person, or aren’t sure what to get for your loved ones, gift cards are a great way to support, as well as introducing friends or family to new small businesses.
If you are looking to shop small this holiday, which I hope you do...here are some of my absolutely FAVORITE small businesses around! Please check them out, show them love, and shop small this Small Business Saturday and beyond.
And as always, THANK YOU for all your love and support. All of you make the biggest difference in the world, and this community is absolutely amazing. This little shop would be nothing without you.