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Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30 - Daily Bulldog

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30 - Daily Bulldog


Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30 - Daily Bulldog

Posted: 08 Nov 2019 06:56 AM PST

RANGELEY - The Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its designation again this year as a "Neighborhood Champion" for the upcoming annual Small Business Saturday event on Nov. 30, 2019.

Small Business Saturday was launched by American Express in 2010 to support local shops that make our communities strong and to encourage people to Shop Small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. This year marks the 10th annual Small Business Saturday.

The Chamber will be the "welcome center" and will offer Small Business Saturday shopping totes, pens and other free items. Pick up a flyer featuring over 40 local participating businesses and enjoy the day visiting small businesses in Rangeley and Oquossoc.

Small Business Saturday is a wonderful opportunity to experience the friendly and personal service that distinguishes small businesses from the malls and big box stores and to find unique goods and services not available elsewhere.

Our local businesses know consumers have a choice when they shop and appreciate the business of every single customer throughout the year. Small Business Saturday is a special opportunity for our businesses to show their appreciation to all the folks who choose to "shop small."

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Small Business Saturday is coming up Nov. 30; Support local business by being there - Westside Seattle

Posted: 08 Nov 2019 03:02 PM PST

The West Seattle Junction merchants who serve local customers are proud to support Small Business Saturday this Nov 30.

Small Business Saturday was founded in 2010 to help strengthen local economies. Today, it's a holiday shopping tradition celebrating a greater nationwide movement dedicated to uniting communities and supporting all kinds of small businesses, from the corner store to your favorite diner — because it's unique small businesses, like the kind you find in the West Seattle Junction, that help local communities stay vibrant.

Shopping during Small Business Saturday is a great way to show the community you care about small businesses.

We all have favorite small businesses we love in the Junction! Show your support by shopping small and checking out the great deals, sales, discounts, and offers. Shop the specials!

Here's what you can do to support the Junction businesses:
• Spread the word about shopping at the small businesses you love. Encourage your friends and family to #ShopSmall too.
• Make sure to visit the small businesses in the Junction on Nov 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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Small Business Saturday tech tips - New Hampshire Business Review

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 04:59 PM PST

An estimated 104 million U.S. consumers reported shopping or dining at local independently owned businesses on Small Business Saturday in 2018. This year, the "shop local" celebration falls on Nov. 30.

The annual event gives local small businesses and independent stores a great opportunity between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to boost their sales, connect with customers and provide amazing in-store experiences. Small businesses should take advantage of mobile technologies to elevate their shop local experience. From mobile-friendly websites to more access points for checkouts, the latest technology can help keep shoppers engaged by boosting your social media presence and offering deals and incentives.

According to U.S. Cellular's latest survey, 36% of millennial smartphone owners say they couldn't get through their day without their phone. That means local business owners have a powerful communication tool right at their fingertips.

Here are some tips on how small businesses can use mobile technology and other strategies to attract customers and win business on Small Business Saturday — and throughout the year:

• Create a mobile-friendly website. According to a Google study, 76% of people who use their smartphones to search for something nearby visit a business within a day. Ensure that your store's website is mobile-friendly and has all of the relevant information people want to know. Make sure your store hours are updated and accurate for the holiday season as well.

• Take an integrated approach. Two-thirds of small business owners said they were planning promotions, sales or activities during the shopping days following Thanksgiving to take advantage of the holiday shopping season. Since shoppers likely have smartphones in hand, be sure to promote your holiday offerings in a number of ways to increase visibility. Email blasts, social media posts, flash sales and group texts can all be communicated instantly with mobile devices.

• Connect with other local shops. Partner with the coffee shop down the block to supply coffee to your customers that morning or have the restaurant next door provide wine or nibbles later in the day. Consider cross-promoting special events and offerings where each small business will benefit from the other's promotions. Reach more potential consumers by sharing information to collective email lists and sharing each other's social posts.

• Download the Shop Local logo. Take advantage of free offerings around this event at shopsmall.com, including signage, email templates, social media copy and other marketing materials. Spotlight your participation in this annual tradition by putting the logo on your website, social pages and in-store.

• Offer incentives. Promote prizes, discounts or other appealing deals like free gift wrapping in multiple ways, including social media, website, email blasts and in-store. Ask customers to take photos in store and have them post to social media, tagging your store in their posts for a chance to win a prize.

• Make it easy. Offering a smooth checkout experience can make a huge difference in creating loyal customers. Consider equipping your salespeople with tech tools, like Square readers and iPads to speed up transactions.

Matt Kasper is director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England.

Beach Haven: Shop Local for Small Business Saturday - By Eric Englund - The SandPaper

Posted: 08 Nov 2019 09:48 AM PST

By Eric Englund | Nov 08, 2019

Beach Haven — While no doubt throngs of people will be hitting the malls and chain stores on Black Friday, Nov. 29, the Beach Haven Chamber of Commerce hopes local shoppers stick around for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30. Small Business Saturday is a shopping holiday initiated and promoted by American Express, beginning in 2012.

"The concept is that Black Friday doesn't do much for small businesses, so on this day, we want people to support their local businesses by shopping in Beach Haven," said Barb Cona, chamber president.

Cona said on that day various chamber members will be offering special sales and holiday-oriented events as well as announcing special hours to accommodate the holiday shopping season..

Kapler's Pharmacy will be hosting its annual Holiday SoirĂ©e all day and will offer horse carriage rides from 4 to 6 p.m. with music and refreshments. Various other businesses will have sales, promotionals and activities that day. South-End Surf 'N Paddle is offering the surfing film "Emocean" from 7 to 9 p.m. During the afternoon from 1 to 4, there will be free ukulele lessons where you can learn holiday songs with some Hawaiian flair.

As a way of saying "Thank you" to customers, Buddy's Pet Stop is putting every single item in the store on sale, including treats, supplements, winter coats, harnesses, collars, toys, bully sticks and Christmas essentials.

Song of the Sea will offer 10 percent off mugs. Artifacts & Company will feature 30 to 50 percent off clothing and selected furnishings. At The Coffee Nest's hot cocoa bar, you can enjoy one and get a second at half price.

On Nov. 30, the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Co. Auxiliary is having a Craft and Gift Fair featuring local vendors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. And at the LBI Historical Museum, a holiday open house takes place from noon to 4. It will start with caroling around the tree, followed by an Elves Workshop with Christmas crafts and decorations for children to make. The museum's gift shop will be open with end-of-season discounts and holiday items. From 4 to 6, there will be a fire pit in nearby Veterans Memorial Park for s'mores and marshmallows.

The Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean County sponsors a 5K & 1-mile Fun Run and walk from 9 to 11 a.m., starting and finishing at Veterans Park. See hfoso.org to sign up.

The Spotted Whale will be open Thanksgiving weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and will offer specials on Small Business Saturday that include 25 percent off any products that are red or green along with complimentary gift wrapping. Light refreshments will be available.

Lavish Salon will have 20 percent off all product and 40 percent off select products.

Coastal Consignment & Salvage Co is open Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10 to 4 and Sunday from 11 to 4. All jackets are 20 percent off. A Lovely Universe will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 to 5.

Coconuts and Tropics will be open Saturdays 10:30 to 5, Sundays and Black Friday 11 to 4 through Thanksgiving weekend. Summer items are up to 50 percent off. Island Sun Jewelry is open Thursday through Monday from 10 to 5 through Jan. 5.

Updated information on events and sales can be found at beachhavenchamber.com.

— Eric Englund

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