We didn't shop yesterday and today we are going to focus on supporting small local businesses. For every $100 you spend in local businesses, $68 stays in the area (as opposed to $43 when you shop in a national chain).
American Express has launched a Facebook page Amex Support Small Business Gift to Girls Inc. For everyone who "likes" the Small Business Saturday Facebook page, Amex will donate $1 (up to $500,000) to help girls learn about entrepreneurship.
American Express card members:
The first 100,000 can register their card and get $25 statement credit when they shop in an independently owned business on Small Business Saturday (not for franchises or online-only stores).
To read more about this wonderful campaign (which AMEX hopes to become as popular as "black friday"), read on USA Today on "Support Small Local Businesses"
This would include local shops, restaurants and grocers. Visit an independently owned restaurant, or buy a gift card for a holiday gift. If you live in Alexandria/DC area there are many great places to support small local businesses. Here are a few of my favorites
- Seasonal Pantry is running a confectionery club through the winter months. As a member of their sausage club, I can only recommend supporting this fledgling effort.
- I have always been impressed by Jill over at Cheesetique in the Del Ray area of Alexandria. She has helped in supporting many a local cause with donations of cheese trays for fund raisers. I have yet to stop in but keep meaning to visit La Fromagerie in Old Town.
- After a recent groupon purchase ACKC with two locations in Alexandria and DC has become a favorite place for specialty chocolates with Artisan Confections in Arlington running a close second
- The Torpedo Factory is full of great stuff for gifts and fun just to spend a couple of hours. The Art League School will be hosting their yearly holiday sale of next weekend.