Small Business Saturday (Nov. 24) took off less than a decade ago as part of a dedicated effort for small businesses to take advantage of the holiday season. Small businesses, like ourselves, can't compete with big retailers and we are often forgotten about.
Why worry about small business? Consider this:
- Small businesses aren’t in the minority. As of December 2015, there were 1.14 million small businesses in Canada
- Local money stays local. Every Canadian dollar spent reportedly results in $7 of local economic activity.
- They create jobs. In 2006, small businesses' contribution to the private employment was 182,600 jobs.
So while big-time retail tends to win throughout the holiday season, statistics show that Small Business Saturday really matters for those smaller scale operations.
Here are some ways you can contribute on November 24:
- Buy your morning brew at a local or independent coffee shop instead of a chain
- Grab a bite to eat at the mom 'n' pop diner
- Start your holiday shopping at a craft market
If you can't give up those stellar BFCM deals (we won't judge, promise), promote a small business on social media or by word of mouth!
If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed that we have been promoting small businesses since the beginning of November. Here is our list of our favorites (in no particular order):
- Far & Wide okay, we may be biased because Far & Wide is one of our stockists, but these ladies are THEBOMB.COM. Brianne and Calli put their heart and soul into their Kamloops boutique and in their community.
- Alicja's Confections Alicja and her partner Nick made delicious chocolates, bonbons and other sweet goodies. Everyone on my Christmas list is getting a Post Card chocolate in their stocking this year! Alicja's Confections started as a creative outlet. Everything from the packaging, flavours, marketing, and branding - and it really shows!
- BBxCollection this woman-owned business has the perfect casual tee for any occasion. Megan started out last holiday season but had an overwhelming response and is hustling year round. BBxCollection is having their first pop-up shop this December in Ottawa.
- Herland Home is name for naturalists,specializing in vegan hemp wick coconut wax candle made with essential oils and fine fragrances.
- Nutmeg prints, pins and other things! We are in LOVE with their newest print, #GPE. If anyone wants to get us something for the studio, this would be it..hint hint. Nutmeg is having a SBS promo over at their website. Simply use code SMOLBIZ2018 upon checkout!
- Uptown Sox has a mission to create NO BORING SOCKS and they're doing a damn good job of it. We are supper happy that they added a woman's size because stealing our partner's socks was getting out of hand. Uptown Sox has just recently opened a Kiosk at Bayshore Mall and they are offering some killer deals for the holidays.
- Little Jo Berry's can turn any meat eater into vegan with her delicious cooking and treats. We daydream about their creative baked goods (always served with a smile).
- The Seed Company is a business that has been specializing in high quality vegetable and flower seeds since 1925. They offer informative, hands on workshops and support local charities who aim to improve food security in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Artbaby.r is women-owned business with incredible talent. Rachel of Artbaby.r specializes in digital illustrations. Our favorites are the Hairy Leg stickers and custom portraits.
- Pokoloko works with artisans around the world to create their fair-trade and sustainable products. We a have a small obsessions with their Turkish hand towels.
Where are you shopping on November 24th? What small business are you obsessed with? Tell us in the comments.