With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, the North Carolina Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) encourages you to #ShopSmall and support your local small businesses.

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

“Small Businesses Saturday® is a wonderful opportunity to jump-start the holiday season through the support of our local small businesses and independent merchants,” said Haywood Community College Small Business Center Director Katy Gould.

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

According to American Express, 2016 drew an estimated 112 million consumers reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, marking a 13 percent increase from 2015.

Gould encourages consumers to “Shop Small, Dine Small and support those who directly contribute to the quality of life in this vibrant community we call home.”

 

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that over 50 percent of the working population works in a small business.  A small business is defined by the Small Business Administration as one with 500 or less employees.  Small businesses have generated over 63 percent of new jobs between 1993 and mid-2013.

Visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 828.627.4512 for additional information. Thinking about starting a business in Haywood County or growing an existing business? Take advantage of the programs, services and resources provided by the Small Business Center. The NC Community College’s Small Business Center Network assists in starting an average of over 700 businesses each year. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90 percent of all NC counties each year, helping to create and retain over 3,600 jobs annually.