While planning your holiday shopping this year, I’d like to encourage you to spend your dollars with locally owned small businesses who rely on our support to keep their doors open as they provide not just goods and services, but jobs and tax dollars that benefit us directly.
November 26, 2011 marks the second annual Small Business Saturday – a day we should all come together and support our local businesses by keeping our shopping dollars here in our own community. Although started by the folks at American Express, it truly has little to do with a credit card company and loads to do with how we can each have a positive impact on our local economy while doing the shopping that we all need to get done at this time of year.
You are welcome to join the Amex Facebook page for Small Business Saturday, but the true focus needs to be on making the effort to help our friends and neighbors that own local businesses…whether it’s an art gallery, a small home based craft business or even grabbing a gift certificate to a West Bank restaurant, we can all find ways to keep our holiday budget dollars right here in our own community.
Need a place to start? Visit StayLocal! for a list of businesses that are owned by Louisiana residents.
Do you have a small business in the New Orleans area? Feel free to leave your information in the comments so all of our readers will know about you!