Small Business Saturday always falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the day after the major retail holiday Black Friday. While that might seem like a tough spot to be placed, it really couldn’t come at a better time of the year.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how grateful we are for the people in our lives, Black Friday is a time to hunt for incredible deals, and Small Business Saturday marries them both in a holiday that focuses on being thankful for the small businesses in our country and entrepreneurs that run them.
The entire month of November is designated as National Entrepreneurship Month and Small Business Saturday is just one of the scheduled holidays within it. You’ll find a great Small Business Saturday checklist below. It will give you some ideas for celebrating and making the most of this years’ Small Business Saturday!
The Small Business Saturday Checklist
- Visit the shops around your town’s square or main street
- Find at least one local small business and become a new regular customer
- Take a trip to a local grocery store instead of Publix or Whole Foods
- Stop by a locally owned roadside stand – pumpkins, anyone?
- Take your car to a real, locally owned car wash and tip well
- Grab a bite to eat at a small local restaurant
- Stop by a local artist’s studio and buy something for yourself
- Go to the farmer’s market and buy fresh, in-season produce
- Call and book a local eatery to cater a holiday party for you next month
- Visit your local florist and send an arrangement to a small business owner you respect
- Make a pact to not visit any chains on Small Business Saturday
- Make cookies or treats, package them, and drop them off at local small businesses
- Place a large donut or cookie order with a local bakery and hand them out instead
- Sign up for a month at your local gym or take a trial class
- See if a nearby beauty salon or spa takes walk ins and treat yourself to a pedicure
- Find a local charity or cause you like and deliver a contribution check today
Small Business Saturday offers a wonderful opportunity for people to pay extra attention to the small businesses and entrepreneurs in their immediate area as well as on a national scale. The importance of small business in America is apparent, with small businesses supplying a large percentage of jobs in the nation and being responsible for a big chunk of economic growth.
With the increased focus on major corporations and big box discounts on Black Friday, small businesses need Small Business Saturday to bring America’s attention back to the original method of doing business – locally. Supporting your local small businesses is the best way to spend your Small Business Saturday this year.
We provided some ideas above for ways to celebrate and spend Small Business Saturday – what are your ideas? Share your Small Business Saturday plans with us in the comments!