Support Your Local Merchants Saturday and “Shop Small”

by Secretary Hilda Solis on November 23, 2012 · 4 comments

Hard-working small business owners—and their employees—have weathered a recession, the credit crunch, growing foreign competition and natural disasters to keep their doors open and our recovery moving.

Now that the turkey, stuffing and gravy has digested, we all have an opportunity to show our appreciation to America’s most resilient job creators by “shopping small” tomorrow.

Small Business Saturday is November 24

Last year, more than one million Americans came together to support Small Business Saturday as holiday shopping season officially kicked into full gear.

I hope we’ll do even better in 2012, because when you buy local, your money stays local. There’s no better way to support jobs for your neighbors and prosperity for your local community. But that’s not the only reason to shop small: If you’re looking for a unique gift for that special someone, local shops carry all kinds of items you won’t find in the larger stores.  Like, the countless Christmas presents I’ve found while walking down Valley Mall over the years.

And at the Department of Labor, we’ve been proud to help Americans who lost their jobs in the recession reinvent themselves as entrepreneurs. Small Business Saturday is another way to help them to continue to grow their businesses and their workforce.

It’s about supporting people like David Alperin, who lost his international banking job but took advantage of a DOL program to go back to school at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He earned a degree in jewelry design, combined it with his business expertise and opened Goose Barnacle—a Brooklyn boutique featuring one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry and art.

And it’s about supporting people like David Mills, who lost his job after 37 years as a toymaker at Fisher-Price. He took advantage of a DOL-funded Self Employment Assistance Program to learn business and marketing strategies to start a home-based business. Now, his firm, BJK Digital Design and Development, is now providing a stable income.

And if you want to avoid the long lines and frantic holiday scrum at the stores, you can still participate by logging online Saturday and supporting an Internet-based small business.

So enjoy time with your family and friends this holiday weekend. And if you can, do a big kindness for your local merchants by shopping small this Saturday.

To learn more, join Small Business Saturday on Facebook or get updates at #SmallBizSat. Also, if you’re a small business owner hiring temporary workers for the 2012 holiday season, click here for some rules of the road for seasonal help.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 inceresig December 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I’d need to check with you here. Which is not some thing I ordinarily do! I appreciate reading a post which will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

2 Andrew Martin July 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I agree that small stores have all the necessary goods that you would not found in large stores one more thing i want to add is that, they also sell the same quality product in lesser price than large stores. You are doing fantastic job we should also support hard working small business owners or workers by taking part events like ‘Small Business Saturday’.
Thumbs up !!!

3 Small Business Saturday January 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Great info and advocating for Small Business Saturday! It grows more and more every year because of organizations like yours spreading the word. Thanks!

4 Melisa Keith February 7, 2014 at 2:40 am

Do small shops not have a opportunity to remain on? How serious is the risk from the big players? Will they become completely vanished before the convert of the century?

While the risk from extremely marketplaces and retailers is actual and there have been example of little shops being motivated out of company after a extremely shop started out in the neighbourhood, the truth is that little shops would keep be around, the industry is after all so much like the sea where the little seafood exist together along with the sharks and the dolphins, they do get gobbled up sometimes but do not completely vanish from the field. Small shop owners should understand that if they cannot endure the economical might of the big gamers they could well deal with the problem with their inventiveness and creativity.

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