Friday, March 8, 2019

small business saturday

small business saturday


Coastal Bend events to look out for this Saturday - KZTV Action 10 News

Posted: 08 Mar 2019 04:33 PM PST

Spring Break is in the air! There are plenty of fun things to do this weekend. Here is a breakdown of some of Saturday's events to consider making an appearance at.

Cups Commemorating Corpus Christi Queen of Cumbia

The heavily anticipated limited edition Selena Commemorative Cups will be available at 10 AM at Stripes®. Prepare for heavy lines of eager fans for the Selena Rose Cup that is said to capture the beauty of Selena against her signature white roses. The limited edition cup comes with a bright red lid to hold hot or cold beverages. There is a limit of two per person until they run out, so you should probably bring your whole family.  Check out the official countdown here.

The Fulton Volunteer Fire Department puts on one of the best Oysterfests in the world. This unique festival is going on at the waterfront in Fulton, Texas and showcases the very best oysters that seafood sources along the Texas Gulf Coast have to offer. Oysterfest attendees can look forward to carnival rides, games, food, an oyster eating contest, live music, unique vendor booths, and fun for the whole family. It started on Thursday and will last until Sunday and staffed entirely by fun-loving volunteers. Don't miss out on a chance to support a good cause. With a record number of 36,000 participants in 2011, Oysterfest is a major funding provider for equipment, training, & maintenance for the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department.

Fishing For Donors Blood Drive

If you are looking to save a life this weekend, the Fishing for Donors Blood Drive hosted by The Coastal Bend Blood Center is happening this Saturday from 9am-5pm. The 5th annual event will be held outside of Cavender's Boot City and Donors will receive a t-shirt, coupons to Cavender's and Freebird's, and will be entered for a chance to win a Bay Guided fishing trip. You can also enjoy breakfast tacos provided by Bill Miller's or subs provided by Subway.

Botanical Gardens Spring Break

Spring Break at the South Texas Botanical Gardens starts this Saturday at 10:30 AM. A fun and educational environment will be provided by Animal Ambassadors and Trainers. Students of all ages can enjoy fauna, flowers, Tortoise Tales, Reptile Close-Ups, Parrots Talk, and the wonders of nature all in one beautiful place. This event will last all of Spring Break.

Vernon's Crawfish Pachanga

Vernon's Crawfish Pachanga is back, bigger, and better than ever. Besides being expanded to include the parking lot across the street from Vernon's Bar, the festival also boasts of more bugs and more fun. Crawfish are of course the staple of the event, but live music and family-friendly activities will make this pachanga a memorable seafood experience. Crawfish plates will start at $13 a pound or $30 all you can eat; and if that isn't your jam, Vernon's Cafe will also have BBQ plates, turkey legs, and burgers. The festival starts at 2 PM today at 1030 Third Street.

546 feet doesn't seem like too far to run. What about while holding a beer? All 200 registered slots for the 1/2K By the Bay Beer Run are now filled with beer drinkers. If you want to check out the 3rd annual Corpus Christi Brewery Festival and witness a hilarious beer race, come down to the bayfront this Saturday at 2:15 PM. Race participants will enjoy a spot in the race, a souvenir cup (also your running cup), 1 running beer & 1 reward beer, a souvenir bottle opener participation medal, and early admission to the CC Brewery Festival. There will be a wide selection of local craft beers to try, food trucks, live music, kids projects, and art projects & exhibits. The CC Brewery Festival gates open at 3:00 PM with free admission, but you can get a festival general package for $20 that includes a commemorative glass and 7 beer tickets.

Loca for Local

In honor of National Women's Day, 26 local female vendors will be a huge part of Small Business Saturday at BUS downtown. This one-day event will have loads of shopping from local vendors, food trucks, and music provided by local disc jockey DJ Weasel. They will be accepting donations of Tampons and pads for Period Corpus Christi a local organization committed to celebrating periods and providing products to those in need.

Connecting Our Hispanic Community forum happening Saturday at the LITE Center - The Advocate

Posted: 08 Mar 2019 06:54 AM PST

The first Connecting Our Hispanic Community CEED forum will be held this Saturday at the LITE Center, 537 Cajundome Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The CEED forum, which stands for Connect, Engage, Empower and Develop, seeks to create a connection between area private and public institutions and the growing Hispanic community in Acadiana to help each other work together so the local community can grow, thrive and prosper.

"People should come out because it is a community that is growing so fast in the Acaidana region. We're doing this because we are seeing that there's not much engagement with organizations that offer programs to assist the community and we want this community by connecting with these institutions, they'll know what their needs are so there can be economic development for everybody," said Maria Slater, one of the organizers.

Along with ways to connect with various local organizations, there will be speakers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of Louisiana and South Louisiana Community College. 

The event also includes partners such as Lafayette Economic Development Authority, the Louisiana Small Business Development Center, the Lafayette International Center and Acadian Ambulance. 

Those interested in attending can register here.

Small Business Saturday isn't a novelty anymore – independent retailers depend on it - CNBC

Posted: 23 Nov 2018 12:00 AM PST

For Mackenzi Farquer, Small Business Saturday is a big deal.

The owner of Queens, New York-based Lockwood gift shop, which sells kitchenware, clothing and paper goods, says there's often barely room to stand in her locations on the retail holiday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

"It's our busiest day of the year," Farquer says. "I think people in this neighborhood especially are trained to know that this the day to come out and shop at small businesses. They are not only coming for holiday shopping, they also want to be here to support us."

And those shoppers show their support in a big way — that day alone accounts for some 8 percent of Lockwood's overall holiday sales. "It's at a fever pitch and growing every year," she says.

Small Business Saturday, now in its ninth year, is sponsored by American Express and encourages consumers to get out and shop "small" supporting local retailers and restaurants in person and online. Last year, nearly $13 billion was spent on that day alone, a slight dip from 2016.

This year, data from Amex and the National Federation of Independent Business finds some 83 percent of consumers say they plan to do at least some of their holiday shopping at a small independently owned retailer or restaurant either in person, or online. Nearly 6 in 10 consumers nationwide say they are aware of the shopping holiday, and among them, 80 percent plan to shop at independent retailers that day.

Meanwhile, data from CNBC and SurveyMonkey's Small Business Saturday poll finds some 44 percent of consumers say they will patronize a small business on the day this year, up slightly from 2017, and 58 percent say they will shop in person. Overall this season, 28 percent said they will spend less while 14 percent said they will spend more.

This year, American Express has also expanded the holiday to Puerto Rico for the first time and is sponsoring events including popup shops with Etsy, campaigns to support female-owned businesses and more.

"Small Business Saturday is a great chance to drive awareness and keep small businesses top of mind," said Raina Moskowitz, Etsy's SVP of people, strategy and services. "Mass retailers play a great role in convenience and price, but when you shop from a small business, there is a story behind what you are buying. so it's more personal and thoughtful, especially for the holiday season."

Heather Parker sells dog bow ties, leashes and other gifts online and at her shop Crew LaLa in Charleston, South Carolina. It's her fifth year participating in Small Business Saturday, and each year sales have doubled, Parker said. Last year, the day accounted for 12 percent of the company's overall holiday season sales, and even brought in new, repeat customers.

"Last year 40 percent of our customers from Small Business Saturday were first-time customers," Parker said. "Of that 40 percent, 65 percent actually turned into returning customers."

The store even has to bring in extra employees for the weekend and the rest of the holiday season.

"We have to beef up for it because we get such a response from Small Business Saturday," Parker said. "Having a day that really shows support … is really inspiring. It helps us and kind of fuels us for the rest of the year."

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