Many people may think that Black Friday is the best shopping holiday of the year, but for those of us who love to shop local, that award goes to Small Business Saturday, which falls on November 25th.
Small Business Saturday is a nationally-recognized day designed to bring awareness to locally-owned businesses and the impact they have on their communities and economy.
“Small businesses represent over 99% of all employers in the United States, contributing billions of dollars to our national economy and driving innovation and job creation throughout the country,” said Senator Vittera in a September press release. “As the Small Business Committee Chairman, I am honored to recognize and fight for small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country and would encourage every American to shop at their local small businesses not only on ‘Small Business Saturday,’ but throughout the year.”
Think people are going to be too tired to shop after Turkey Day and Black Friday? If last year’s numbers are any indication, small business owners shouldn’t worry.
In fact, in 2015, Small Business Saturday saw 95 million people turn out, according to a Consumer Insights Survey commissioned by American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The same survey also found that total spending reached $16.2 billion at independent retailers and restaurants – an increase of 14% from the previous year.
Not too shabby, right?
There’s a reason why the small business sector was such a hot topic during this year’s elections. Small businesses add jobs, fuel the economy, and inspire communities.
Check out the impact of small businesses – by the numbers – according to the U.S. Small Business Administration:
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This post was originally published on November 22, 2016, and has since been updated.