In recent years, Small Business Saturday has gained tremendous popularity as a way to support businesses in your local community. To celebrate the positive impact these small businesses have in our communities, check out this list of ten things you should know about Small Business Saturday and how small businesses make a difference in our economy:
9) The inaugural Small Business Saturday was created by American Express and took place on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2010.
8) The purpose was to create a day between Black Friday and Cyber Monday that promotes small and locally-owned businesses.
7) Small businesses currently make up more than 34 percent of businesses in the United States.
6) According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), there were 28.2 million U.S. small businesses in 2011, making up the majority of employers in all 50 states.
5) Over a 20-year period between 1993 and 2013, small businesses accounted for a whopping 14.9 million net new jobs created in the United States.
4) Among high patenting firms, small businesses produce 16 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms.
3) Small Business Saturday now has over 3.3 million likes on Facebook!
2) Direct Energy Business is committed to providing affordable small business energy plans and offerings. Our goal is to empower you and your business with simple facts about energy supply, energy savings, and the energy landscape.
1) You can win a $500 Staples gift card to help your business perform even better in 2016! Be sure to enter our Small Business Saturday contest for a chance to win!
How will you be celebrating Small Business Saturday this year? Will you be shopping at only local stores for your holiday shopping? Or is there a big sale at the small business you own and operate? Tell us in the comments!