It’s not too early to kick off making those Christmas lists and shopping for the ones you love. With Thanksgiving and the “official” holiday shopping season just around the corner, it’s important to remember the sentiment of Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday began in 2010 to bring focus and support to small, locally-owned businesses throughout the United States during the holiday season. It’s intentionally held the day after Black Friday to bring the focus back to our communities. Small businesses provide a strong contribution to local economies. As online shopping continues to expand, small businesses work even harder to provide what consumers are looking for.
Each year, Small Business Saturday gets a little bit bigger, and more local businesses participate, often providing special sales and deals for shoppers. It’s a great day to find gifts for anyone from close relatives to friends or colleagues.
As you plan out your holiday shopping, consider spending the Saturday after Thanksgiving shopping around at local businesses and supporting your friends and neighbors. The shopping isn’t as cutthroat and you don’t have to get up before the sun, which are both big perks in my book. Many local businesses also offer special deals for the day. Visit your favorite businesses on social media to find out if they’ve planned anything special for Nov. 30.
Just one example of a special event happening in conjunction with Small Business Saturday — the South College Center is hosting sleigh rides with Santa along with other activities and there will be a tree lighting ceremony at dusk. Things like this are a great way to involve the family and make a day out of getting some shopping done.
And Small Business Saturday isn’t limited to retail shops — get out and support a locally-owned service business or restaurant as well! I enjoy making a day out of getting lunch at a local restaurant while visiting a few small businesses to hunt for unique Christmas gifts.
If you prefer to shop online from the comfort of your pajamas and home, it’s still possible to participate in Small Business Saturday. There are many local and independent artists and entrepreneurs with online businesses who offer unique gift ideas.
Lafayette and Acadiana are home to so many great small businesses and restaurants, owned and operated by men and women who give it their all. Let’s support them and our local economy, not just during the holidays, but throughout the year as well.
Read more from Caitlin at EcoCajun.com.
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