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

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 every day and everywhere.

“Our local independent businesses are at the heart and soul of our community. Small businesses contribute to the quality of life and vibrant business climate we love and appreciate in the mountains of Western North Carolina,” said HCC Small Business Center Director, Katy Gould.

According to American Express, 2018 U.S. consumers reported spending of an estimated $17.8 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on the day to #shopsmall, Small Business Saturday®.

Gould went on to say, “Any opportunity to shop local and shop small is an opportunity to show your support of our local independent businesses and the impact they have on our community.”

Small Business Saturday® is a chance to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to communities. The Haywood Community College Small Business Center encourages shopping local and shopping small November 30th.  Help make a lasting impact in the place you call home, #shopsmall Small Business Saturday®.

Visit or call 828.627.4512 for additional information or to register today. 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 facilitates an economic impact in 90 percent of all NC counties each year and ranks number one in the U.S. for total business seminars and participants. In addition, the network helps start an average of over 700 businesses every year and works to create and retain 3,800 jobs annually for North Carolina. Visit for more information.