A new day has been added to the holiday calendar, but keep reading! It’s a good one.
A year ago, as the U.S. economy was beginning its upturn, small business owners were looking for a way to attract customers, and according to American Express, a supporter of the new holiday, 93 percent of consumers like to support local businesses. Thus was born Small Business Saturday.
“Small businesses are really the lifeblood of the economy,” said Mary Ann Fitzmaurice Reilly, senior vice president, customer marketing for American Express.
Black Friday, the holiday shopping kickoff was first. Then the Monday following Thanksgiving became Cyber Monday. Now Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to hit the sidewalks and support locally owned stores the Saturday after Black Friday. Last year was the first. This year, it’s Nov. 26.
Fitzmaurice Reilly said last year was about creating awareness of the day. This year shops are being encouraged to use Facebook and other social networking tools to promote their business. American Express’s Small Business Saturday Facebook page encourages consumers to shop small, and provides tools for businesses to make their own Facebook page, if they don’t already have one.
“What we were able to do on the consumer side last year, and continue to do this year, is to tap into the traffic, the viral nature of the Facebooks of the world,” Fitzmaurice Reilly said. According to a survey conducted by American Express, 89 million people said they plan to shop small on Small Business Saturday.
Looking for some wine for gifts or holiday gatherings? Look in Wildwood
"We know it's tempting to just grab a bottle of some mass-produced something while ricocheting through big box and grocery stores, but following is why you should buy your wines from us," said Karl Hagnauer, co-owner of .
- Better prices: Grocery stores will have one or two "loss leaders" to tempt you, but generally their prices are higher than ours...even those "special" yellow tag prices are often higher than our regular prices.
- Better selections: Big box stores offer mass-produced wines for the masses. We have more than 1,000 different wines (about 5,000 bottles) all carefully chosen with our customers' tastes and wallets in mind.
- Higher quality: We steer away from factory wines and bring you much higher quality, smaller production wines from highly acclaimed, mostly family-owned vineyards worldwide.
- Better wines for any wallet: If you have only $10 to spend on a wine, we can find you something much better that doesn't even have a kangaroo or bare feet on it.
- Better service: First, there is some! We greet and help each and every customer, and because we love our jobs, it's a fun, happy place to shop. Bring in a menu, your likes and price range, and we'll help you find the perfect wine match.
"Of course, we also hope that you will consider how important it is where you spend your money. We are a local, family run hometown business that helps make Wildwood Wildwood," said Hagnauer. "We hope to see you many times during this holiday season and beyond."
Two other resources for finding great, local companies is and the .
To get Saturday's emphasis going, American Express is giving the first 10,000 small businesses to make their own Facebook page through the Small Business Saturday Facebook page $100 in Facebook advertising.
Patti Guttmann, with the St. Louis office of the U.S. Small Business Administration said the S.B.A. sponsors an entire week, nationally, that promotes small businesses. In St. Louis, the week, Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri, is in May.
Guttmann said of the second annual Small Business Saturday, “hopefully millions of people will be shopping at small businesses on that Saturday. To help them grow is a fantastic thing.”