Small Business Saturday encourages Saskatoon residents to shop local

Small Business Saturday encourages Saskatoon residents to shop local
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THUNDER BAY – Now that Black Friday has come and gone, a lesser-known shopping day is offering an opportunity for one local business to give back to the community.

Small Business Saturday is a recent addition to the shopping frenzy leading up to the holiday season and was created to encourage shoppers to spend money locally.

Shoppers are being handed something new this year. Businesses are handing out passports to paying customers that encourage shoppers to stop by locally owned businesses this holiday season. Upon visiting 10 different businesses and obtaining stickers for their passports after making a purchase, shoppers use their passport as an entry into a drawing for merchandise collected from the small businesses.

“It is a lesser-known event to Black Friday because most small businesses can’t compete with the frenzy and the mayhem that is Black Friday,” said Mila Gendron, manager at Wilderness Supply. “So it is a day to celebrate shopping local and the effect small businesses have on the community where our funds stay locally and where we hire local employees.”

The winter storm caught a lot of Americans on the road Sunday, headed home from the Thanksgiving holiday.  Many ended up pulled over at rest stops like the Towanda oasis on the Kansas Turnpike. “Been away for a week now and my time off ends today,” said Joseph Tarpeh, who’s headed to Austin, Minnesota.  “I have to show up for work tomorrow morning.” 

Wilderness Supply is giving back to the community this year by donating all proceeds earned during Small Business Saturday to the Regional Food Distribution Association.

The winter storm caught a lot of Americans on the road Sunday, headed home from the Thanksgiving holiday.  Many ended up pulled over at rest stops like the Towanda oasis on the Kansas Turnpike. “Been away for a week now and my time off ends today,” said Joseph Tarpeh, who’s headed to Austin, Minnesota.  “I have to show up for work tomorrow morning.” 

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Gendron said Wilderness Supply has worked with the RFDA in the past and she is confident that the support it receives will go towards helping those most in need.

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“We all need to eat,” she said. “It’s an essential part of our lives and too many people don’t have access to that. We wanted to the help them.”

Shop owners throughout the city are banding together, hoping to make American Express Small Business Saturday come just as natural to shoppers as the big box store holiday, Black Friday.

“I think it’s important to support our community because that is who supports us, without our community we have nothing, so it makes sense for us to give back to them when we can.”

“I love shopping here … its personable,” said Dawn Spiers, a regular Reeses customer who was shopping on Saturday for her eight-year old daughter, Ireland. “Its easier than shopping at malls, and its a great way of giving back to the community.”

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Brendan Carlin, community services manager with the RFDA, said he wasn’t even aware of Small Business Saturday before being approached by Wilderness Supply, but he is grateful to see a local business reaching out to help fill area food banks.

As the sole business owner, Golomb, 35, opened her store four years ago after she received appraise from people on social media for crafting creative bows and head bands for children, which now range from $5 to $20. 

“For us its important to have any partners that make it easier for our supporters to donate or support our cause,” he said. “Small businesses are such a big part of our community and we love small business and we are appreciative for the support that they have shown us.”

Omar Bouzarari also didnt see himself owning a pet supply store. But now he and two other partners own two branches of Fussy Friends, one in Downtown Jersey City, the other in the Heights.

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This is the busiest time of year for the RDFA, Carlin continued, as more people are forced to turn to food banks during the holiday season.

“Its super important for the community to come out and support us,” said Carrissa Golomb, the owner of Reeses Hair Pieces—a childrens clothing and accessories store.

“But it is also a time that we also receive a lot of support and donations as well, so we are looking forward to another good holiday season for us and our member food banks,” Carlin said.

Local shoppers in Bayonne and Jersey City went out on Small Business Saturday and took advantage of discounts local shops had in store for their communities. 

In addition to all the proceeds being donated to the RFDA, customers are also encouraged bring food items for donation as well. The RFDA will be at Wilderness Supply on Saturday until 5 p.m. Gendron said food items will still be accepted at Wilderness Supply for donation to the RFDA at anytime.

“That special experience can be a variety of things. It can certainly be the service, but I think it is also the fact that not all of the small shops carry the same products that the big box stores have,” Jeff Jorgensen, the owner of the store said.

Small Business Saturday has only been around for eight years, but the initiative is already raking in big money in the U.S.

“I want small businesses to succeed. Were in an age where its all big box stores, and its nice to know that the local community can thrive too,” shopper Amy Larsen said.

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Some 67 million Americans are planning to shop on Small Business Saturday, according to a report from the National Retail Federation and consumer data company Prosper Insights & Analytics.

If recent years are anything to go by, the initiative is proving to be a big boon for small businesses.

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Small Business Saturday was launched by American Express in 2010 as a means of encouraging customers to support small businesses in the aftermath of the recession.

The following year, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the holiday, as businesses across the U.S. flocked to take advantage of the movement.

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The initiative was enthusiastically promoted by the administration of former U.S. president Barack Obama.

“From the mom-and-pop storefront shops that anchor Main Street to the high-tech startups that keep America on the cutting edge, small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our Nations promise,” the White House said in a statement in 2011.

Today is small business Saturday, a day local shops depend on. After all of the doorbuster deals at the big stores on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is the one day of the year dedicated to encouraging the community to shop small.

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“Through events such as Small Business Saturday, we keep our local economies strong and help maintain an American economy that can compete and win in the 21st century.”

The Trump administration has followed suit, urging Americans to support local businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

One local entrepreneur asking the community to spend locally but also give back at the same time.

Forty-one per cent of Thanksgiving weekend shoppers surveyed by the National Retail Federation said they would be making time to shop on Small Business Saturday. A majority of them said they would do so specifically to support small businesses.

Between 2010 and 2017, Small Business Saturday spending was estimated at $85 billion, according to American Express surveys. That’s an average of over $10 billion per day over the eight days.

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There are over 30 million small businesses — defined as having 500 employees or less — in the U.S., according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.