Small Business Saturday
Name: Small Business Saturday
Date: November 25, 2017
The Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce is lending its support to the 8th Annual Small Business Saturday® and Shop Small® Movement to drive commerce to small businesses. This year’s Small Business Saturday takes place on November 25th. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that can help create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday was started in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers. This special day serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. In 2016, an estimated 112 million consumers reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, according to the 2016 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey. The day was also championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
Small Business Saturday celebrates the diversity of small businesses across the U.S. and the Whittier recognizes the importance of supporting small businesses, the jobs they help create, and the culture they instill in local communities.
According to the U.S. Small Businesses Administration, as of 2014, small businesses nationwide accounted for 63% of net new private-sector jobs created and represented 99.7% of firms with paid employees.
In addition to supporting Small Business Saturday, the Whittier Chamber is leading the charge to shop local during the holiday season with its Shop Home for the Holidays campaign. For every receipt valued at $20 from a Whittier business, service or organization, participants will receive 1 entry into a drawing to win $1,000. If the receipt is from a Whittier Chamber member, participants will receive 2 entries for the grand prize. In addition to the grand prize, the Chamber will be doing 25 days of giveaways with a winner being pulled every business day between November 20 to December 22 for a prize valued at $25 or more. For more details on the Shop Home for the Holidays campaign, please visit www.whittierchamber.com.
Merchants and consumers can learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting ShopSmall.com.