Thanksgiving shopping is a competitive sport throughout the country. On Black Friday, large department stores open early to get an edge over one another to draw crowds of eager shoppers. Unable to compete with the large department stores, small businesses wanted to attract holiday shoppers during the busiest shopping season.
For the past 7 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration has promoted Small Business Saturday as a celebration of the importance of small businesses to local economies on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Last year, it was reported that the day was a huge success with a 14% increase, over the previous year, in spending at small businesses.
Past Dallas efforts have highlighted unique neighborhoods like Deep Ellum, Bishop Arts and the Design District. We encourage everyone to check out small businesses around the city, and shop local and shop small on this Small Business Saturday.
If you are interested in finding out information on neighborhood initiatives, take a look at Redevelopment Initiatives. For more local business information, follow Dallas’ Economic Development Monthly, D Economy.
But, if you are the type of person that finds themselves stocking up at the supermarket before the holiday, consider supporting local entrepreneurs that have been shelving their products at grocery stores. The Dallas Morning News highlighted four Dallas entrepreneurs who have successfully scaled-up their businesses to position themselves within arm’s reach for consumers interested in incorporating a little local business variety into their grocery carts.