With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, the North Carolina Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) encourages you to #ShopSmallForAll and support your local small businesses.
Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® has quickly become a nationally recognized day to support local independent merchants with the power of local dollars.
“On Saturday, November 26, we encourage all shoppers to support our local small businesses and #ShopSmallForAll. After the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in so many of our communities, it is more important than ever to keep our spending dollars local,” said Teresa Reynolds, Small Business Center director at Sandhills Community College. “Not only do our small businesses provide us with the products and services that we need and want, they also provide jobs.”
Small Business Saturday® was founded by American Express in 2010 as a day to celebrate local businesses through the holiday shopping season. The day has since grown into a powerful movement in support of local small businesses that make communities unique.
Consumer spending with independent retailers and restaurants during the 2015 Small Business Saturday® neared $16.2 billion, a 14% increase from 2014 according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); with a total of 95 million consumers shopping “small” on the day, up 8% from 2014.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that over 50 percent of the working population works in a small business. A small business is defined by the Small Business Administration as one with 500 or less employees. Small businesses have generated over 63 percent of new jobs between 1993 and mid-2013.
Small Business Saturday® is an opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to communities. The SBCN encourages shopping local and shopping small #ShopSmallForAll on November 26 and help make a lasting impact in the place you call home.
The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. The SBCN assists in starting an average of more than 700 businesses each year. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90% of all NC Counties each year including helping to create and retain over 3,600 jobs annually.
For more information about the Small Business Center at Sandhills Commuity College visit sbc.sandhills.edu, call 910-695-3938 or email Teresa Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.