annual small business saturday

After all the pandemonium associated with Black Friday (Black Thursday night now?), Small Business Saturday focuses on holiday shopping at local businesses. Rest up Friday night and head out on the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

When you support local businesses, you know exactly who you're supporting, and you know your money is staying in the local economy. You can find unique gift items, and most times, you'll get personal customer service. While Small Business Saturday is a great one-day event, it's important to consider shopping at local businesses as much as you can throughout the year.

Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 to promote shopping at locally owned businesses, and support local economies in the holiday season. It was intentionally set to be the day after Black Friday to serve as a contrast to big box stores that have changed business for local stores.

Look up businesses near you that are participating in Small Business Saturday.

Each Friday during the holiday season, I'll feature a different group of local businesses - let them inspire you to shop small this year!

Trying to avoid holiday shopping traffic? Acadiana Transit is here to help! Take advantage of alternative transportation and hitch a free bus ride on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. And don't forget your reusable shopping bags!

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