Business Spotlight: Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the United States during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed in the United States on November 27, 2010, Small Business Saturday is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday while strongly encouraging shoppers to shop locally in person and online at small businesses in order to boost the local economy. Small businesses have long been considered the backbone and heart of the American economy as successful small businesses bring a community together, increase real estate value and help keep local money local which directly benefits their towns’ economies. Small businesses also pay local taxes, which means any money spent there flows back to their communities, supporting things like parks, schools, emergency services, and events. By supporting local businesses, you are also in turn helping your local economy create more jobs because even a small business needs enough hands to help it sell its products and services, which is why the more we support them, the more jobs will be created and the better off our local communities will be. Many businesses also support nonprofits and charities that are relevant to their area so by shopping locally, you are helping to increase the number of local donations they are able to give. Another great thing about these small independent businesses is they are run by people that you most likely get to know as opposed to boards and/or stockholders and this personal touch cannot be matched.

The first event was created by American Express, in partnership with the non-profit National Trust for Historic Preservation, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and Roslindale Village Main Street. In 2010, the holiday was promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign and now having entered their 12th year, Small Business Saturday has seen well over $120 billion in spending since it started.

Only 1.5 square miles, our small Borough is big on character and is filled with big promise as well as big opportunities which include a business district placed on a highly visible main street shopping corridor with over 16,000 vehicles passing through daily.

Hatboro is home for more than 300 businesses which include but are not limited to many different eateries for dine in and/or take out,2 breweries, bars, a winery, 2 bakeries, many retailers of different kinds, various types of personal services shops, professional service firms, automotive shops, corporations, as well as manufacturers of all kinds who support our community in huge ways.  This year alone Hatboro had roughly 12 events which were all made possible by sponsorships and/or in-kind donations from these businesses who also care about the community all of us reside in and what better way to thank them than to continue to patronize their establishments daily.

While we encourage everyone to shop locally year-round, with the holidays upon us, we strongly encourage everyone to shop locally as much as they possibly can so our businesses will continue to thrive along with our community.

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