Small Business Saturday is almost here once again and we are featuring some wonderful small businesses that are worth visiting during the holidays and throughout the remainder of the year as well. Small Business Saturday always falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which is November 25th this year.  The goal of this day is to encourage shoppers to visit local merchants and small businesses across the United States.  It’s imperative we support these businesses because not only do they matter, but they also help local economies thrive and promote­ lively, diverse communities.

Small Business Saturday was introduced by American Express in 2010.  The next year it became official when the U.S. Senate, with support from President Obama, formally recognized the holiday. All 50 states came on board and started participating as the holiday grew with assistance from elected officials across the country.  With the help of free, personalized ads sponsored by American Express, small businesses were able to get the word out and promote their products and services.  Last year, an estimated 15.4 billion dollars was spent at small, independent businesses, and that number continues to grow every year with help from our local communities.

As we’ve done in the past, we are again featuring some of our favorite small businesses in the local, Washington, DC metro area.  We will include a brief review of the business and contact information for each merchant.  Be sure to check our website daily as we will post a blog a day leading up to Small Business Saturday.  Remember, the relationships you foster with your neighborhood vendors will far surpass the treatment you'll receive at the big box stores.  Happy holidays and enjoy your shopping!

For more information on Small Business Saturday, you can visit the following website: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small/