Black Friday got a LOT of hype this year. And, in one of those prouder moments of American consumerism, we had (again) near-riots over TVs and stereos and other such items at the various Big Box Stores. I’ll admit: I was out there too, but well after the bumrushing doorbuster crowds. I decided to spend the day scoping out all the pretty things at IKEA and gathering more ideas to our ever growing list of items for the knish at Babies R Us.
Today it’s time to take my purchasing power to my community. I’m here in NJ today, home with my family for Thanksgiving. And even though I’d love to spend my dollars today in Salem, I can still support the small businesses of my hometown community.
Today, in the spirit of Small Business Saturday, I challenge you do to the same. Even if it’s as simple as grabbing a bite to eat. You could make a quick run to the McDonald’s… or you could hit up that local diner or brunch spot. Didn’t finish your holiday shopping yesterday? What locally-owned store could you buy from today instead of the Target or Walmart down the street?
I know that in some communities, mom and pop stores have all but vanished. There’s still a fantastic way for you to get in on the spirit of Small Business Saturday, even if it seems there aren’t many small businesses you could patron in your town: online.
Think of your fellow bloggers and how many of us have virtual, online stores and Etsy shops. Today is the perfect day to reach out to the virtual community and #ShopSmall!
In the spirit of Small Business Saturday, if you have a small business with a virtual storefront, please link up in the comments below! I hope you’ll click through and support these Small Businesses throughout the virtual community today.
And of course, I couldn’t wrap up this Small Business Saturday post without makin’ a shoutout to two small businesses of my own
In support of Small Business Saturday, all purchases made at The Infertility Voice Shop made by 11:59pm EDT tonight will receive a special bonus! Whether it’s my eBooks or any Circle+Bloom product , every purchase made by 11:59pm EDT will receive a copy of 30 Days of Awesomesauce – a bonus, 30-day journaling companion to THE YOU PROJECT. This bonus includes 30 days of soul-searchin’, deep-diggin’, perspective-renewin’ prompts that would be perfect to carry you right into the New Year!
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Hopefully you know that my other main bread n’ butter is Words Empowered , my social communication architecture business. What is social communication architecture? Great question – click here to find out !
Through Words Empowered, I offer freelance writing, web/blog/graphic design, and social media strategy development services. If you’re thinking about taking the next step with your blog or small business, from the look , to the words or to the social conversation : Words Empowered is there to help transform your brand into one that people just can’t stop talking about.
In support of Small Business Saturday, I’m offering a free half-hour consultation to any small business owner or blogger interested in learning more about how to ramp up their social media presence, spruce up their website copy, or thinking about a website or blog redesign. To claim your free half-hour consultation, head here and sign up !
So click around in the comments, check out what’s new in The Infertility Shop, see how Words Empowered can help your small business, and take your holiday purchasing power back to your local (and virtual!) communities!