BROOKLYN – Instead of shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday at large chain stores that don’t even let their employees enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with family at home, consider shopping locally during Small Business Saturday on November 30.
American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, to promote sales during the holiday shopping season. This effort supports the local small businesses and business owners in our communities.
Over the years, Small Business Saturday spending has now reached a reported estimate of $103 billion since the day began in 2010 — that’s $103 billion over 9 days alone, according to American Express.
There are around 2,100,000 small businesses operating in New York State (companies with fewer than 500 employees), making up 99.8% of all businesses, according to the Office of Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles.
When you shop local you support your neighbors, participate in sustainable practices (no shipping, handling, and large scale production), and you participate in local economy.