The Clean Food Club has always promoted local businesses and tried to inspire its readers to eat local, drink local and be local. So we’re super pumped about Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 26th.
The day after Thanksgiving has signaled the beginning of the Christmas shopping season since the 1930s when banks promoted savings accounts that people could put money into all year but only take money out on Thanksgiving weekend for holiday shopping. The day after Thanksgiving became known as Black Friday in the 1960s, and since then, big box retailers have encouraged people to shop their deep discounts on that day. E-commerce websites started doing the same with Cyber Monday, which started in 2005, to encourage people to shop online.
The first Small Business Saturday was in Roslindale Village, MA on November 27, 2010. The national economy was still recovering from the 2008 financial crisis, and American Express started Small Business Saturday as a way to help stimulate local economies using incentives to buy local. In 2011 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution in support of Small Business Saturday, and now every state participates. The U.K. has a Small Business Saturday too, which started in 2013 after they saw what a good idea it was for the U.S. economy. Every year, small businesses report a bigger boost over this weekend.
To see which businesses in your area are on the AmEx Small Business list , visit American Express’ website. Or just go visit small businesses on your own. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #smallbusinesssaturday and #smallbizsaturday while you’re out shopping! And of course, feel free to shop small every other day of the year too.
BONUS: Use the web browser installer that DoneGood created to find businesses in your area that are creating positive impacts in your community, rolling out on Cyber Monday. We’ve written about DoneGood before because these guys are always coming up with great ideas to help people support businesses that support their communities. Install the DoneGood extension on your browser, search for places, and if there’s an ethical, sustainable company, you’ll see an alert in the corner of your screen. Pretty cool. And they’re a small, local company, so you’ll be supporting small biz there too.