First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, now there’s Small Business Saturday.
This year marks the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday, sponsored by American Express. The purpose is to support small, locally owned businesses found within our communities.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are nearly 28 million small businesses in the United States. They employ about half of U.S. workers and generated 65 percent of new jobs over the past 17 years. In fact, Minnesota alone has over 400,000 small businesses and is starting new businesses at a rate of over 70,000 every year.
Bob Voss, DCTC’s Entrepreneurship/Small Business Instructor, said, “Graduates of this program have started more than 200 small businesses. Of those startups:
- 65 percent are in the service sector; 35 percent are product based.
- 55 percent are started by men; 45 percent by women.
- 40 percent of students come from within DCTC; 40 percent from the general community; 20 percent are dislocated workers.”
Support your local small businesses this Saturday!
-Earn $25 by registering on the American Express Facebook page. The $25 statement credit will be given to 100,000 card members to shop at a locally owned, independent small business.
Small Business Owners:
-Take advantage of the free e-marketing materials, social media posts, and in-store signage to create valuable offers for your customers.
-Register to win $100 of free Facebook ads targeted to your consumer base.
-Support your local businesses in a big way by shopping small on Nov. 26!
-Spread the word about your favorite businesses on Facebook and Twitter.
-“Like” the Small Business Saturday Facebook page and American Express will donate $1 to $500,000 to Girls Inc. Girls Inc. is a national organization that empowers our future entrepreneurs.
For more information on DCTC’s Entrepreneurship/Small Business program, visit https://www.dctc.edu/future-students/programs/business-entrepreneur.cfm.