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    CHICAGO (CBS) — On the heels of Black Friday comes Small Business Saturday, a day when shoppers are asked to shop local and support local. Small businesses were some of the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic — resulting in the closure of roughly 200,000 of them nationwide during the first year of the pandemic alone. This year the Ravenswood industrial corridor brought back a beloved tradition to bring back people. READ MORE: Man Killed In Shooting Near Gurnee Mills MallThere are more than 100 local shops in Ravenswood that are just starting to welcome back their in-person experiences over the last few months. Many of them are now saying last year was make or break, but now that they’ve made it, they still need help. After a pandemic pause, the Ravenswood Holly Jolly Trolley was back for the first time since 2019 for Small Business Saturday. The free trolley made stops during peak shopping hours on Damen, Montrose, Wilson, Irving Park, and Ravenswood Avenues. “We’ve been gearing up for this for most of the year,” said Gene Wagendorf, associate director of...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Small businesses are banking on your big bucks this weekend, especially after taking a brutal hit during the pandemic.  Amatula Jacobs doesn’t just sell a product, she sells her dream.  Every item is her work of art. But when the pandemic hit, her dream nearly became a nightmare. “We made lemonade out of the lemons, literally,” said Jacobs.  “We do a lot of traveling. It was really hard because all of our events that we had planned for, were canceled.” That’s why small businesses are once again pulling out all the stops.  They’re posting sale signs, dropping prices, and some local communities, including Elk Grove, have started selling online e-gift cards to multiple local shops “We have to survive.  We just have to.  We’ve been through the wringer the last two years, it’s hard to believe,” said Old Gold employee Sheila Burford. Maryssa Shulz shops locally because she wants to know where her money is going and also hopes to keep her favorite small businesses up and running. “It’s devastating because I know that those people have...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Many consumers are taking to city and suburban neighborhoods for Small Business Saturday.The day is meant to encourage consumers to support small businesses by shopping locally during the big kickoff weekend to the holiday shopping season.Lauren ball's Boutique Envie is one of many businesses in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood excited for the big rush."I'm excited because it draws traffic to Bronzeville. It makes [people] business aware, people aware of what's going on in Bronzeville," she said.RELATED: 'ShopLocalish: Holiday Deals and Steals' features deep discounts on fine American-made productsBall's two-year old clothing shop opened on East 47th Street just before the pandemic hit, but is hosting several pop-up shops in an effort to support other small businesses, like Lisa Holloway's Plush Life Greeting Cards and Gifts."That awareness is really important to our community and, again, it's about keeping the dollar here," Holloway said.Sandberg Jewelers in north suburban Skokie hopes to cash in on renewed consumer awareness.Unlike other retailers, the 102-year-old family-owned business hasn't been hampered by supply chain or inventory issues."I started shopping very early and started ordering very...
    BOSTON (CBS) — From books to bakeries to small boutiques, Small Business Saturday was a success across the Boston area. Black Market in Roxbury’s Nubian Square was packed with local vendors selling their artwork, craftsmanship, and creativity. This is their fifth year in business. READ MORE: Patriots Plane Flies UNH Men's Soccer Team To NCAA Tournament Game In Oregon“Small business Saturday is always our busiest day of the year. Our business had a very difficult time during COVID because we are a gathering place,” Black Market owner Kai Grant said. Many small businesses were hit hard by the pandemic, so having support from the local community is big boost. On Saturday, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu visited a number of shops. “This space is such a gift in Boston. Black Market has been that intersection of arts and community and local vendors. I want to make sure we are doing all we can to get our businesses back on their feet after a really hard time in the pandemic,” Mayor Wu said. Elaine Ellis Phillip and her daughter...
    Small Business Saturday is traditionally an opportunity to support small businesses between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Yet given that virtually all small businesses now offer Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, it has lost some of its relevance (though it’s still a great chance to frequent local restaurants and retailers). What can fill this Small Business Saturday void is an increased awareness among the public of the broader economic and social role that small businesses play and the ever-expanding threats they face from bad public policy. Small businesses are the beating heart of the U.S. economy, creating two-thirds of all new jobs and driving the innovation and economic growth that improve our quality of life. There are still 4.2 million fewer people employed than before the pandemic, and small businesses are the key to bringing the economy back to its peak. Unfortunately, a recent Job Creators Network Foundation poll finds that only about 10 percent of small businesses have fully recovered from the pandemic. The Biden Administration is waging war on small businesses on many fronts, including mandates, inflationary spending, and taxes, preventing...
    LARCHMONT VILLAGE (KABC) -- Move over Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is back, and local businesses are counting on their community to show support."It's important now more than ever to support small businesses because right now, as a community, we are really struggling to make it through every day," said Erin McKenna, owner of Erin McKenna's Bakery in Larchmont Village.McKenna says many small business owners like herself are spending overtime in their shops to stay afloat."Staffing is so short. And as long as we have that revenue coming in, we're able to cover our bills and hopefully begin to continue to offer our staff more money to stay on board," she said.Chevalier's Books in Larchmont Village is the oldest independent bookstore in L.A., according to store employees.The assistant manager says that supporting your favorite small businesses on days like this is one of the reasons why this 1940s bookstore is still open."Having something like a Small Business Saturday's, it actually supports that idea that if you want these communities to thrive, if you go to these stores and support, you'll...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – More Americans than ever say they will spend money at a small neighborhood business on Small Business Saturday. It’s the twelfth year of Small Business Saturday, first started by American Express after the great recession of 2008. A recent survey shows that it’s catching on, with almost half of American consumers saying they will spend money at a local small business on Saturday. READ MORE: Driver Crashes Into Five Below Store In Cranberry TownshipA LendingTree survey of over 2,000 consumers found that 49 percent of Americans plan to shop at a neighborhood store this Small Business Saturday. Shop small is the theme and local neighborhood chambers of commerce like the one on the South Side have done promotional efforts to encourage customers to shop local. The survey found that Americans on average will spend $305 at small businesses. READ MORE: 10-Year-Old Boy In Pennsylvania Shot And Killed In Target Shooting Incident On ThanksgivingThe pandemic has really hurt small businesses with nearly two out of three Americans saying they know a small business in their community that has...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was a very special Small Business Saturday for one business owner in Mount Airy. Buddha Babe had its grand opening on Saturday. “We are a bundle of nerves and excitement,” Buddha Babe owner Tina Dixon Spence said. All the emotions of a new small business owner “Today is overwhelming and it hasn’t truly begun yet,” Dixon Spence said. Buddha Babe opened to customers for the first time on Small Business Saturday. The once-online children’s brand now has a brick-and-mortar location on West Mount Pleasant Avenue and Emlen Street. “I just kind of have to keep reminding myself that if we can just make it through these tough times, the light at the end of the tunnel is definitely in sight,” Dixon Spence said. Dixon Spence first thought of Buddha Babe six years ago. Her inspiration was her 7-year-old son Baron. (credit: HughE Dillon)   “To have small businesses like this business opening right in our neighborhoods is very important,” Philadelphia Councilmember Derek Green said. As opening day approached, so did the pandemic. On top of that,...
    On Small Business Saturday, entrepreneurs in downtowns and strip malls across the Bay Area encouraged residents to shop local during this coronavirus year that’s been so challenging economically. Here’s a photo gallery from Bay Area News Group photographers of customers doing just that. HALF MOON BAY, CA - NOVEMBER 28: Tim von Nieda helps customers shopping for furniture at his Teak in the Garden shop on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. von Niedas had the shop for nearly 20 years and says "Im about as small a business as you can have." (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28: Erica Thompson, of San Francisco, tries a hat on as she shows the look to her parents Doug and Nina Thompson, at the TBX and Company hats and jewelry booth on Lakeshore Avenue in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. Owner Yassini Kapuya participated in the Small Business Saturday sales, a day after the traditional Black Friday, to encourage shoppers to support small businesses. (Ray...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Small Business Saturday brought in some traffic to the streets of Wynwood. “We are expecting to give great deals to customers. We are just so happy to see familiar faces from the past again. So, we are just happy to be open for our community,” said Dyana Gonzalez, owner of Wynwood Shops. At the Wynwood Shops, people got their hands on the unique artwork and jewelry, but COVID-19 masks were the top seller. Gonzalez said, “it’s just been tough.” “So, we are just really happy people are aware of the Small Business Saturday. It will just really help us, especially after the pandemic.” Since the start of the pandemic, more than 160,000 businesses have shut their doors according to a YELP report. Small Business Saturday, the national day sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is usually a day for shoppers to support their local businesses Dyanara Cotes, of Cielo Jewelry, who handcrafts all her jewelry was set up early Saturday morning. “Trying to recover a little bit of...
    BOSTON (AP) — Small retailers across Massachusetts are adjusting hours, taking wares outside and buying hand sanitizer in bulk as the holiday shopping season gets underway during the pandemic. Many local businesses are hoping to see a boost on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, traditionally known as Small Business Saturday or Shop Local Saturday. But they’re having to make adjustments, just as many big retailers did ahead of Black Friday. Instead of one-day deals intended to lure large groups of shoppers, many retailers are spreading out their promotions throughout the holiday season, Retailers Association of Massachusetts President Jon Hurst told The Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Businesses are also offering more curbside and online sales. More: Boston Offering Free 2-Hour Parking On Saturdays During Holiday Season Retailers often rely on a spike in end-of-year sales to boost their bottom line. That will be especially important following business closures prompted by the pandemic earlier this year. “It’s not just support on Small Business Saturday, but the overall holiday shopping season,” Hurst said. “It’s best to think a little...
    BOSTON (AP) — Small retailers across Massachusetts are adjusting hours, taking wares outside and buying hand sanitizer in bulk as the holiday shopping season gets underway during the pandemic. Many local businesses are hoping to see a boost on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, traditionally known as Small Business Saturday or Shop Local Saturday. But they're having to make adjustments, just as many big retailers did ahead of Black Friday. Instead of one-day deals intended to lure large groups of shoppers, many retailers are spreading out their promotions throughout the holiday season, Retailers Association of Massachusetts President Jon Hurst told The Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Businesses are also offering more curbside and online sales. Retailers often rely on a spike in end-of-year sales to boost their bottom line. That will be especially important following business closures prompted by the pandemic earlier this year. “It’s not just support on Small Business Saturday, but the overall holiday shopping season," Hurst said. "It’s best to think a little differently than in the past, it’s best to shop early, to shop at different times.” Copyright...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Now more than ever, local businesses are in need of support, and many are offering special discounts and incentives on Small Business Saturday. Many organizations, including the Rogers Park Business Alliance, are urging people to shop small and local, not only on Saturday but also during the entire holiday season. Many are hopeful it will bring a much needed boost to business. It’s not just in Rogers Park where businesses are hoping to see an increase in foot traffic. In Hyde Park store owners say customers’ dollars mean more than ever right now. “We’ve seen people going online shopping. We offer same day free delivery locally, so that’s been our biggest thing right now,” said Eric Williams, owner of Silver Room. The Rogers Park Business Alliance is hosting its annual Live Love Shop Rogers Park holiday rebate program Saturday. Many stores will offer special discounts and promotions, including $75 in cash rebates if you shop at four or more independent stores in the neighborhood. La Grange in the western suburbs is also promoting Small Business Saturday. It is...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With so many businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, the holiday shopping season can be a make or break time. While even a global pandemic couldn’t stop shoppers from gorging on Black Friday deals this year, local shop owners are hoping there’s spending money left for them on Small Business Saturday, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported. A projected 35% to 40% of holiday shopping sales will be online this year, partly because of the pandemic. More than 100,000 small businesses around the U.S. have been forced to close. “Jeff Bezos doesn’t need more of our money. Our friends and neighbors who are local, independent shop owners and retailers, they need our money this season more than ever,” said Bob Zuckerman, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation in Westfield, NJ. Westfield is pulling out all the stops, including opening a new welcome center that offers free gift wrapping and even arranges free deliveries from local retailers during the holidays. Many small businesses do 70% to 80% of their annual sales in November and December. MORE: Small Businesses...
    COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. (CBS) – The big box stores had their time to shine. Now, it’s time to shop small, it’s Small Business Saturday. Downtown Collingswood is decked out for the season. Small Business Saturday comes at the end of a very challenging year for small businesses, and owners are hoping you will share in some of that Christmas giving. Small Business Saturday comes a day after Black Friday when people were out finding deep discounts at larger stores. Eyewitness News was at Cherry Hill Mall where people were looking for the cheapest deals they could find. Small businesses also got their piece of the pie. In Haddonfield, at their candlelight shopping event, small business owners said foot traffic was steady. To them, that was more than they could ask for. Many of them were forced to be closed for weeks amid the pandemic, and now they’re hoping you will help them get over this hump. “COVID hit us in April, at Easter, which is a huge time for us. So being small, we can pivot pretty quickly and adapt. So...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- After Black Friday, it's Small Business Saturday and this year it is especially important for family-owned businesses that are struggling to survive during the pandemic.On a quiet Friday night in the northwest suburbs, Dave Capelle hopefully prepared for a busy holiday shopping weekend."As you look through you will see everyday merchandise, like candle holders, vases, candles, clocks, lamps," Capelle said.The downtown Arlington Heights home décor and unique gift shop Bracket and Company is gearing up for Small Business Saturday."Every day we have people that come in and say that they are shopping local only because they understand the importance of a unique boutique-style store like this," Capelle said. "We are not Target, not Walmart, not Amazon. We cannot offer you overnight delivery, but we can offer you exceptional customer service and a unique item that you probably would not find somewhere else."In the city, Lakeview businesses are coming together to launch a shop local campaign.RELATED: Black Friday 2020 looks a bit different as more opt to shop online than in storesOut in Palatine, the chamber of commerce...
    HADDONFIELD, N.J. (CBS) — What’s normally the busiest shopping day of the year was scaled down this year as coronavirus cases spike in the Delaware Valley and nationwide. Crowds were thinner on this Black Friday, but there were still people looking for bargains. The coronavirus pandemic didn’t keep Black Friday shoppers away. Those shopping in the Cherry Hill Mall said there were long lines. Eyewitness News spoke with shoppers about the deals and how it compared to years past. “They had better sales last year,” Haashim Miler, of Pennsauken, said. “Now, it’s just like 30% off the whole store.” Those shopping at the big box stores for Black Friday were a little disappointed with the deals. “It was a lot of people and there wasn’t really that many sales,” Jazmine Ingraham, of Sicklerville, said. “I would have stayed home if I knew.” Cherry Hill Mall shoppers said the pandemic may have played a role in this year’s deals, but COVID-19 didn’t keep shoppers away. “I probably wouldn’t come again,” Ingraham said. “If I did come, it would be earlier as...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — This weekend is Small Business Saturday, an important shopping day for mom-and-pop stores across the country. Last year, 39 percent of Americans did some holiday shopping at a local small business. Make no mistake, the small businesses in your neighborhood are really counting on you this Saturday. Last year, over $19 billion was spent on Small Business Saturday, and small business owners are hoping you won’t forget them this year. “Small Business Saturday is generally the second or third busiest day of our whole year,” Adlai Yeomans, co-owner of White Whale Bookstore in Bloomfield, told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Friday. Coming in the middle of a pandemic, this Saturday is more critical than ever. (Photo Credit: KDKA) “Small businesses have been hurt worse than anybody because a lot of them had to be closed,” says Audrey Guskey, a marketing professor at Duquesne University. At White Whale Bookstore on Saturday, Yeomans said the store will have to dispense with a lot of the fun stuff, but they are trying to adjust amid the pandemic....
    For the past decade, Small Business Saturday has been a once-a-year occasion to encourage people to think local amid the rush of the holiday shopping frenzy. This year, it’s more than just a heartwarming bit of PR. Amid the economic toll taken by the coronavirus, strong sales during the holiday season could be make or break for many small businesses. “Things like Small Business Saturday are critical every single year,” said Mallory Shelter, a jewelry designer and small business owner and the founder of the DC Shop Small initiative. “That said, this year is certainly imperative. I think this holiday season will be the determining factor if businesses are able to weather the storm.” Jewelry designer and small business owner Mallory Shelter founded the D.C. Shop Small initiative. (Courtesy Emma McClary) The DC Shop Small initiative is partnering with the District Bridges group to prepare for a big virtual shopping event Saturday: More than 300 small businesses across the D.C. area — ranging from retail shops, online artisans, restaurants and fitness studios — are taking part, with the goal of generating...
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