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Big things in store for Small Business Saturday

Shoppers in Scottsdale


  Nov. 18, 2013

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

Big things in store for Small Business Saturday

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We’ve added Saturday to the mix. Join in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30, to support and celebrate the role of small businesses in our economy. Small Business Saturday is a national push to encourage people to “shop small.”

Small Business Saturday offers something for everyone. 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 on Saturday, Nov. 30:
• Head to Downtown Scottsdale’s Artisan Market on 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. The Artisan Market runs that day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• The Old Town Merchant’s Association presents Cowboy Christmas from noon to 7 p.m. in Old Town. Activities include free horse and carriage rides, live performances and fun activities for the kids. Cowboy Christmas also takes place Dec. 7, 14 and 21.
• “The Stores” at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., are hosting an Artists Market from noon to 8 p.m. featuring works by more than 15 Arizona artists.
• 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 beginning Nov. 24, 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.