Friday, November 25, 2011

Small Business Saturday

Tomorrow is American Express' Small Business Saturday. By shopping at any small business that accepts American Express credit cards (including us!) and spending over $25.00, you will receive a $25.00 statement credit on your American Express bill. All you have to is register your credit card HERE and you're all set. A few very good reasons to shop small and locally:

1. Supporting Mom & Pop businesses over large corporations keeps more money in your local community. According to, $73 of every $100 spent at small, local businesses stays in your community, as opposed to only $43 of every $100 spent at non-locally owned businesses (corporations, chains, etc.).

2. Better customer service - small businesses, on average, tend to be more knowledgable about the products they are selling and have better relationships with their customers than large chains who aren't as discriminant with their hiring.

3. Small businesses make areas unique and more desirable to visit. When you're on vacation, do you go to the mall for shopping and to dinner at chain restaurants like Applebee's and TGIFriday's, or do you prefer to check out the local shops and get dinner at unique restaurants that you can't eat at just anywhere? If things were the same everywhere, with only chain options available, why would anyone travel? Unique, small businesses are what makes different places interesting and, well, different.

4. More new jobs are created by local businesses than large corporations, country-wide.

So shop local tomorrow, save some money and support small businesses.

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