First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. November 27, 2010 was the first ever Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is the day people support the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.
The 2nd annual Small Business Saturday® is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.
On November 26, millions of people are being asked to Shop Small at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy.
“When we all shop small, it will be huge,” states www.SmallBusinessSaturday.com.
Over 2.6 million people “like” the Small Business Saturday facebook page as they pledge to “shop small” on November 26th.
“As a consultant for the Small Business Development Center in Turlock, I see Turlockers every day put it all on the line to start their own businesses,” says Al Seaton. “From our local government to the county, the state and the nation, everyone understands that the way we are going to get out of the current quagmire we’re in is to start small businesses, hire local people, pay taxes, and get back to prosperity.”
While the big box, corporate Black Friday buys are attractive, Seaton believes that you’ll find even better buys at local Turlock stores on Saturday.
“With a lower overhead and a better sense of what you want, local merchants are a better choice for your holiday shopping.”
Seaton also wants to remind people that, “A dollar spent here in Turlock goes around an average of 8 times benefiting Turlock and it’s residents an additional 8 times than a dollar spent at a chain where we get the tax dollar then ‘poof’ it goes away, out of town, never to be seen again.”
While major shopping centers such as Monte Vista Crossings are known for their corporate, big box anchors, there are local stores mixed in all over town.
“Local small businesses can be found near Costco, in Monte Vista Crossings, all along Geer Road, down Lander, and of course in Downtown Turlock,” says Seaton.
“So remember this Saturday is ‘Small Business Saturday’ where you’re encouraged to holiday shop with your hometown merchants, your friends, and future friends,” states Seaton. “If you live in Turlock… shop in Turlock!”
Local Turlock merchants such as The Greenery, Paul’s Paint Company, Woods Furniture, Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital, Cosmic Bath and Body, Vintage Market, Honeydew Boutique, Smith Chevrolet Cadillac, Picturesque, Ritzy Ragz, Yonan’s Jewelers, Main Street Antiques, and more are supporting Small Business Saturday on facebook and with other promotions.