With the holiday shopping season upon us, the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN), which includes Forsyth Technical Community College’s Small Business Center, is encouraging communities to support local small businesses on Saturday, November 26, 2016, and to use #ShopSmallForAll on social media.
Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® has quickly become a nationally recognized day to support local independent merchants with the power of local dollars.
“Small Business Saturday is a celebration of local businesses,” says Allan Younger, director of the Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech. “I am privileged to work with so many outstanding small business owners. Their commitment and ability to provide great customers service is strengthened by their personal connection to our community.”
Small Business Saturday® was founded by American Express in 2010 as a day to celebrate local businesses through the holiday shopping season. The day has since grown into a powerful movement in support of local small businesses that make communities unique.
Consumer spending with independent retailers and restaurants during the 2015 Small Business Saturday® neared $16.2 billion, a 14% increase from 2014 according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); with a total of 95 million consumers shopping “small” on the day, up 8% from 2014.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that over 50 percent of the working population works in a small business. A small business is defined by the Small Business Administration as one with 500 or less employees. Small businesses have generated over 63 percent of new jobs between 1993 and mid-2013.
Small Business Saturday® is an opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to communities. The SBCN encourages shopping local and shopping small #ShopSmallForAll on November 26 and help make a lasting impact in the place you call home.
About the Small Business Center Network
The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. The SBCN assists in starting an average of more than 700 businesses each year. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90% of all NC counties each year, including helping to create and retain over 3,600 jobs annually.
Forsyth Tech provides students with flexible educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 200 programs of study, including programs that promote personal and professional development through non-credit courses and seminars, as well as customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech is the fifth largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff.