Small businesses do a lot to help our community, and, on Nov. 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we’ll have an opportunity to thank them.
That’s because Nov. 28 is Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Black Friday.
Black Friday, of course, is when families to wake early, sit in traffic, compete with other drivers for decent parking spots, jostle with crowds and stand in line to buy things probably no one asked for or really wants.
Small Business Saturday is the opposite of that. Small Business Saturday is when you shop at small, locally-owned businesses for things you simply can’t find at the mall, and instead of dealing with temporary workers who don’t know the merchandise, there’s a good chance you’ll be dealing directly with the owner who cares very much about making you happy so you’ll come back time and again throughout the year.
The campaign to “shop small” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving started in 2010 as an effort to give small businesses—many struggling to get out of the red after a long recession—a much needed shot in the arm.
Since then, it has become a powerful movement to give back to the brick-and-mortar establishments that line our Main Streets and keep our communities vibrant.
In Fort Thomas and Northern Kentucky, we talked to some local leaders and business owners about what Small Business Saturday means to their businesses:
Drew Schwegman, Owner, Northern Kentucky Action Coach:
We need these businesses to succeed so more people can go to work, make their contribution and improve our communities at every level."
Small Business Saturday Offer: 60-minute strategy session with the coach. Valued at $395.
"During this session we will cover all the areas your business needs to focus on for growth - marketing, sales, administrative, operations and more. You will leave with proven strategies you can implement immediately to help grow your business. To take advantage of this offer email Coach Drew NOW at email@example.com These sessions will go fast and are on a first come, first booked basis."
Dr. Parrish G. Monk, Director of the Art House in Fort Thomas:
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Small Business Saturday Offer: We will have generous discounts plus we are giving away Membership Discount Cards to our first 100 guests. These cards can be used as many times as they want and they are valid until December 2016. The cards give the bearer 10% off of their entire purchase.
Ken Bowman, Owner, Bowman's Framing
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Small Business Saturday Offer: Bowman's Framing will offer a 15% discount on Small Business Saturday on all orders placed that day. We are open from 9 - 2 on Saturdays.
Dr. Josiah Young, Opticare Vision Centers
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Small Business Saturday Offer: Opticare Newport is having a 50% off sunglasses sale on small business Saturday. All Polaroid sunglasses will be 50% off on Saturday. These sunglasses provide superior optics, glare and reflection free vision, and 100% UVA and UVB protection. They also come with thinner and lighter polycarbonate lenses with scratch guard.
These are the sunglasses that I wear because l found that my vision was much clearer in these than some other well known sunglasses. You can try them on for yourself and immediately notice the difference.