RALEIGH – With the Holiday Shopping Season around the corner, the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN) encourages you to #ShopSmall November 29th, by supporting local small businesses. 

Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® has quickly become a nationally recognized day to support your local independent merchants with the power of your dollar. 

Small Business Saturday® was founded by American Express in 2010 as a day to celebrate local businesses through the launch of the holiday shopping season. The day has since grown into a powerful movement in support of local small businesses that make our community unique. 

“Our local independent merchants contribute to the quality of life in our community. They may be a local retail, restaurant or service based business, but they’re also the local soccer coach, altrusan, or non-profit board member.” Said Katy McLean Gould, Director of the HCC Small Business Center. “The Small Business Saturday movement places the power in the hands of the consumer. Every dollar spent with an independent merchant has a direct impact on our local economy.”

Consumer spending with independent merchants during the 2013 Small Business Saturday® neared $5.7 billion according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). A recent forecast by consulting and financial advising firm Deloitte, US indicates that holiday shopping sales are expected to increase by as much as 4.5 percent in the 2014 season, with sales expecting to total between $981 and $986 billion.

According to SBA North Carolina District Director Lynn Douthett, “Small Business Saturday is significant as one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. As Main Street businesses are the fabric of our daily lives, we can give local entrepreneurs the ability to create jobs and boost the economy.”

Sixty million workers in the United States are employed by small business, accounting for approximately, half of the private sector workforce. The Small Business Administration (SBA) reports that Small Businesses were also the driving force for 63 percent of new net private sector jobs created between 1993 and mid-2013.  Furthermore, in the state of North Carolina 47 percent of the workforce is employed in a small business setting. 

Small Business Saturday® is our opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to our community. The SBCN encourages you to use the power of your dollar to #ShopSmall on November 29 and help make a lasting impact in the place you call home.

Haywood Community College Small Business Center, 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC. (828)627.4512, SBC.Haywood.edu. The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. The SBCN assists in the establishment of more than 650 businesses each year.  Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90 percent of all N.C. Counties, including helping to create and retain over 3,000 jobs annually.