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Merchants, shoppers can get head start on Small Business Saturday activities

 
  Nov. 1, 2013

  Contact: Economic Development Manager
Bob Tunis, 480-312-7057 

 




Merchants, shoppers can get head start on Small Business Saturday activities


Scottsdale merchants and shoppers can get a head start on preparing for Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday takes place Nov. 30. It’s a national program to encourage people to shop local.

Merchants can learn ways to better promote their businesses for Small Business Saturday. Shoppers can discover how to win a $25 American Express gift card. Winners will be selected in time to use the gift cards on Nov. 30. Log on to Choose Scottsdale to sign up as a participating merchant or to win gift cards.

Here are the other ways you can celebrate:

• Head to Downtown Scottsdale’s SouthBridge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Small Business Saturday. This family fun event features Christmas carolers, Santa, “make and take” ornaments, free gift wrapping, merchant discounts and more.
• American Express is giving a $10 statement credit to card members who spend at least $10 on Nov. 30, at a qualifying small business. Supplies are limited and registration is available at Shop Small.

Why shop small?
According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years and employ just over half of all private sector employees.

Dollars spent locally generate sales tax that supports municipal services residents count on -- like police and fire protection, transportation, recreation programs and libraries. Local First Arizona, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes local businesses in Arizona, reports that when money is spent at locally-owned businesses, that money is re-circulated and creates up to 75 percent more tax revenue to the community and state.

In Scottsdale, business and sales taxes account for about 28 percent of all city revenues – more than $163.7 million last fiscal year. Much of that comes from small, locally-owned business like those being promoted at Small Business Saturday.

"We are honored that the Small Business Saturday organizers view Scottsdale as welcoming and responsive to small businesses,” says Economic Development Director Danielle Casey. “We want to take this opportunity to celebrate and support our small business community and encourage our residents and visitors to Shop Small on Nov. 30. Our team stands ready to assist business owners who want to open a new business or expand an existing one in Scottsdale.”

For more information, contact the city’s Economic Development department at 480-312-7989.