We're Open We're Open: Downtown Bozeman set for Small Business Saturday 6:59 PM - KBZK Bozeman News

We're Open We're Open: Downtown Bozeman set for Small Business Saturday 6:59 PM - KBZK Bozeman News

We're Open We're Open: Downtown Bozeman set for Small Business Saturday 6:59 PM - KBZK Bozeman News

Posted: 02 Apr 2020 06:05 PM PDT

Our small businesses need you NOW more than EVER! Let's show our support. This Saturday is a very special edition of Small Business Saturday. Shoppers, business owners, and organizations can come together to Shop Small ONLINE at the local businesses that make our community unique. Because when they thrive, we all thrive. So, this April 4th, let's all Shop Small.

How can you #ShopSmall THIS Saturday, April 4th?

- Did you know our website, www.downtownbozeman.org houses over 350 different local business listings AND THEIR WEBSITES! Hop online and start and building your wishlist for this Saturday! Check out the Facebook Event Small Business Saturday - Gift Card Edition for more information about this FUN event!

- Go to your favorite businesses' website or Facebook page for the most up to date information about purchasing a gift card or online shopping! Businesses have gotten extremely creative to make it fast and easy for YOU!

- You can also purchase gift cards and support local businesses through www.helpmontana.org. HelpMontana.org is a way for our communities to band together. Your purchase of local gift cards today (for use now or in the future when life gets back to "normal"), immediately puts much needed cash in the hands of the service-industry members and small business owners, hit hard by the COVID-19 restrictions/closures.

- Use the following hashtags after your gift card purchases on @downtownbozeman or @johnbozeman on Facebook or Instagram to SHOW YOUR LOVE to our small businesses on Saturday and throughout the year!! #SmallBusinessSaturday #ShopLocal #TooSmallToFail #loveDTNBZN Visit www.downtownbozeman.org for more information about this fun and easy way to support your favorite businesses during these wild times.

Support Small Business Saturday in Bozeman from home - KULR-TV

Posted: 03 Apr 2020 02:18 AM PDT

BOZEMAN- In Bozeman small businesses are in need, right now more than ever. 

This Saturday is a special edition of Small Business Saturday. The downtown partnership is asking you to Shop Small online.

Events will take place on April 4, 2020, at home on your computer! You can support one of the 350 different local businesses by following this link. 

The hope is that community members will purchase gift cards shop or online.

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Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30; it should be more than a one-time event - Fontana Herald-News

Posted: 29 Nov 2019 12:00 AM PST

Nov. 30, 2019 is Small Business Saturday.

Starting in 2010, American Express designated this day -- the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year -- to encourage people to "Shop Small." The financial services company reports that since the commemoration began, "Consumers have reported spending an estimated $103 billion across all Small Business Saturdays combined."

As a community revitalization expert, I welcome every chance to shine a spotlight on the small businesses and local entrepreneurs who make up the economic engine of most small and mid-size towns and cities.

Days like Small Business Saturday can help business owners get face time with customers who might not normally shop there. And consumers get to see what they might be missing -- the personal connections and experiences they may not always get from online or big box retailers.

Still, shopping small and local can and should be more than a symbolic one-day-a-year event. Anyone who wants a stronger, more vibrant community needs to support their small businesses every day. They are the key to economic revitalization. They play a vital role in creating the "sense of place" that gives a community its competitive advantage.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses create two out of every three net new jobs in the private sector. What's more, over half of all Americans own or work for a small business.

There's a symbiotic relationship between residents and small business owners. They really need each other. Small businesses provide jobs and keep the dollars circulating locally. Their owners have an active and personal interest in the well-being of the community. They live there. Their kids go to school there. They care about what happens.

When wealth is created, business owners are more likely to turn around and reinvest in the community.

In fact, small businesses have a far more important role in their communities than ever before. The old "pillars" -- big institutions like banks, hospitals, media outlets, and other businesses -- are no longer locally owned. The executives who work for them play a critical short-term role in the community, but often they're not there for the long haul. It's no longer a given that they'll retire there. So small business leaders must step in to fill this leadership void.

A few decades ago, the owners of these "pillar" businesses were committed to keeping their communities vibrant. They knew their economic health depended on it. But now that the owners of these former "pillars" live elsewhere, they just don't have the same intimate connection to the community.

It makes sense for small businesses to take the lead in pulling communities out of the economic slump many have been in for years. When communities are vibrant, there are more high-paying jobs, and people can afford to shop. Quality of life improves. There's more money for schools and programs that lift people out of poverty. Everyone wins.

The bottom line? Don't shop locally only on Small Business Saturday. Do it every chance you get, all year long.

(Quint Studer is the author of Wall Street Journal bestseller "The Busy Leader's Handbook" and a lifelong businessman.)


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