As a former regular Black Friday shopper, I can certainly understand the thrill and adrenaline rush that comes from the seemingly great deals and early morning hours. However, there’s a whole other set of feelings and rewards that come from shopping small! When you shop small, you’re not just supporting small business, you’re boosting our local economy, supporting local jobs, and you’re keeping our unique local businesses in business.
According to the Small Business Administration, the 30.2 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales and contribute about 21 percent of all manufactured U.S. exports. Additionally, small businesses employee 58.9 million – that’s 47.5 percent of all U.S. employees. In 2018 alone, small businesses created 1.9 net new jobs.
We can’t forget our franchised friends either. The SBA reports that the 600,000 plus franchised small businesses account for 40 percent of all retail sales and provide jobs for some 8 million people.
In 2010, Small Business Saturday was officially named and began to be recognized as the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Falling in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the day allows for our small, but impactful, local businesses to have a day of their own. Mark your calendars and plan to shop small in
Gallatin on Saturday, Nov. 30.
The reasons to shop local are endless, but I’ve narrowed it down to three than can easily be considered and remembered this holiday season.
1. Tax dollars stay local
When you shop small, you can rest assured knowing that more of your money spent at a small, local business is staying and being put back into our local economy.
2. Unique products
Small businesses often carry locally sourced or crafted, unique, and niche items. What’s more memorable than a one-of-a-kind gift?
3. Small businesses create a sense of sommunity
It’s often said that small businesses are the backbone of a community and I believe that stands true for Gallatin. They give back more locally, they develop deep, personal relationships with their consumers, and they ultimately give our community the charm that makes us who we are.
This holiday season and beyond, I hope you choose to shop small and shop Gallatin for everything on your list. Once you’ve done so, tell others. Share on social media, show off your purchases, let the world know that Gallatin’s got it. If you need suggestions for where to start, your local Chamber if always here
Give us a call at 615-452-5000; visit us online at www.gallatintn.org, or in person at 118 West Main St., Gallatin. Shop Local this holiday season – and always!
Kim Baker is the CEO of the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce.