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Support Small Businesses this Saturday and Everyday

Posted by sherrysaunders on November 25, 2011

Business and Professional Women’s Foundation is one of more than 200 Partners supporting Small Business Saturday tomorrow 11/26/2011.  Let’s all go out and shop small this Saturday and support not only our local businesses but also our communities.  And let’s also remember to seek out those women owned business in our neighborhoods.  According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, more than 10 million firms are owned by women (50% or more), employing more than 13 million people and generating $1.9 trillion in sales as of 2008

Independent and locally-owned businesses are critical to our economy – they help bring prosperity to our communities and create jobs for our families and loved ones. When small businesses succeed, we all benefit, which is why BPW Foundation is pleased to be a supporter of the second annual Small Business Saturday SM – a day to make a special effort to support merchants in our community.

In 2010 the inaugural Small Business Saturday, initiated by American Express, galvanized support across the country: 1.5 million Facebook users, 130 small business advocate groups, public and private organizations and government leaders joined in the initiative.

This year, Small Business Saturday falls on November 26. Large retailers have Black Friday.  Online retailers have Cyber Monday.  For the second year in a row, the independent and locally-owned businesses we love will have Small Business Saturday.  This year President Obama has written a letter of support, the SBA Administrator Karen Mills publicized with a blog and the Senate passed a resolution of support.

More than anything else though, business owners say they need more people coming into their shops and buying their goods and services.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Learn more about this effort by visiting the www.facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturday.  Join the 1.5 million people who “like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook.  You can also give a shout-out for your favorite local shops and restaurants and encourage those in your social networks to shop at small businesses on November 26.
  • And most of all do some of your holiday and everyday shopping at your local small businesses, especially on Small Business Saturday.

Let’s work together to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event that drove millions of dollars to small businesses. Visit smallbusinesssaturday.com for more information.

Share the name of your favorite women owned small business.

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2 Responses to “Support Small Businesses this Saturday and Everyday”

  1. Sherry said

    I have three favorites in my Capitol Hill Neighborhood: Frame of Mine, Hill’s Kitchen, and Labyrinth Games and Puzzles.

  2. Here are my faves….Local D’Lish, North Warehouse Loop Minneapolis, MN; Andiamo, Eagan, MN; All the Best also Eagan, MN and 2/3 are women owned!

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