It’s almost that time of year again when we all have an excuse to go shopping in support of small, local businesses.  Small Business Saturday was introduced for that very reason and it will be here before we know it.  It always falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which means this year Small Business Saturday will take place on November 30th.  The idea behind this shopping day is to back small, local businesses by encouraging consumers to check out the shops within their community.  Therefore, we’ll be featuring several businesses in the Washington, DC area that we think are worth visiting on November 30th, as well as throughout the rest of the year.  It’s how we help our local economies and communities thrive and promote spirited, diverse neighborhoods where people want to live. 

Small Business Saturday was introduced by American Express in 2010.  The next year it became official when the U.S. Senate formally recognized the holiday along with support from President Obama.  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 17.8 billion dollars were spent at small, independent businesses, and that number continues to grow every year with help from our local communities.

The Washington, DC area is home to so many small businesses, so it can be overwhelming to choose which ones to visit on Small Business Saturday.  As a way to help you get started, we’ve chosen several of our favorite small, local businesses in the area to spotlight.  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 outweigh 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/