It Pays to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday

Shop Small. Small Business Saturday LogoWe are on the brink of holiday shopping madness as another year has practically come and gone. Many of Americans will flock by the thousands to the big department stores, Walmart, Best Buy, Sears, Macy’s and shopping malls to get the best deals on just about anything and everything. Sadly for many local businesses in your area, they will get over looked and you could practically hear a pin drop in the showroom.

We have all heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but back in 2010, American Express (AMEX) coined a new shopping day – Small Business Saturday. To help local businesses not be overlooked, Amex offers small-to-medium sized businesses an opportunity to compete with the “big guys” and drive customers back to local retailers.

Last year, Small Business Saturday supporters reported spending over $15.5 billion in independently owned businesses. The goal is to help keep consumer dollars in local communities to keep our economy strong. In the U.S. alone there are 28 million small businesses but why is Small Business Saturday worth it you may ask?

If you went to a locally owned coffee shop and spent $5.00, $3.40 would go back to the community, where as at a national chain, only $2.15 would go back to the community. That $3.40 is reinvested back into the community by going to local schools, jobs, taxes, wages and other communal needs.

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Mattress Depot USA was founded in 2002 but started as a small operation out of a warehouse in Issaquah, Washington. Without the help of our customers and employees over the past 10 years, we would not be where we are today. In the spirit of the holidays and Thanksgiving, we would like to give thanks to all the customers, past, present and future, who are choosing to shop local whether it be with us or any other local store. 

So while you are out shopping for the special people in your life, remember to stop by your favorite local spot, whether it be a coffee shop, doughnut or cupcake shop, hair salon, taco truck, pet store – you get the idea – give them some love.

Need some help finding a local business to support? Amex created a special map to help consumers reach local retailers across the U.S. Some of these business even offer special deal on November 30th as well. Check out the map to see if your favorite local spot is on the map! You can even find one of our locations on there too by searching for our name, Mattress Depot or Mattress Depot USA. http://shopsmallnow.americanexpress.com/

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