Locally owned stores offer deals for Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities. Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and the cities of St. Charles and St. Peters have partnered to promote local shopping in a campaign called "Shopping with the Saints—St. Charles, St. Peters and St. Nicholas." The campaign is, in part, a reaction to the closure…
The program, on Nov. 26, aims to provide an alternative to the Black Friday shopping blitz at national chains.
- Joe Scott
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The second annual Small Business Saturday is two days after Thanksgiving, and seems to be gaining momentum with customers and locally owned businesses. The effort is a way to focus attention on small businesses and regain a portion of the shoppers who flock to big box and chain stores on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. “I think there’s a backlash against some of the big corporations and more people are shopping at locally owned businesses,” said Jeff Weintraub, owner of The Silver Lady, with stores on the University City Loop and in the Central West End. There are some great deals at small businesses, especially on Small Business Saturday, Weintraub said. What's the deal? American Express and Patch are partnering to offer a deal to …