Business owners ready for Small Business Saturday - RADIO.COM

Business owners ready for Small Business Saturday - RADIO.COM


Business owners ready for Small Business Saturday - RADIO.COM

Posted: 29 Nov 2019 12:00 AM PST

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After Black Friday comes Small Business Saturday, a national event in which people are encouraged to shop small at independent businesses to support their local communities. Small business owners in Philly's Fashion District in Center City are getting ready for the day. 

George Thomas, the owner of  jewelry kiosk Creative Silver, said he's been in the mall for 30 years from when it was called the Gallery.

"I'm putting items on sale just for tomorrow. I'm trying to make everything down to 50% off," he said. 

He's hoping people come into the District on Saturday to support small businesses like his, which he says also benefits the city. 

"That means money stays in Philadelphia, spent in Philadelphia, people get to take the money home to Philadelphia instead of going to another state, the taxes are coming to us," he added.

City leaders say every $100 spent at an independent business brings $68 back into the local economy.  

Other small businesses in the Fashion District, like the Sable Collective and Dolly's Boutique, say they're also trying to get in on the holiday spending.

"Some of our items will be on sale, we will have a DJ, some refreshments, some of our makers that are in the shop will be here so you can speak with them about some of the items we have," said the Sable Collective's Jai Monee. 

Building steam toward Small Business Saturday - The Daily Gazette

Posted: 24 Nov 2015 12:00 AM PST

Chris Mastroianni, of Michael's Shoe Service on Union Street, promotes Small Business Saturday during a press conference today at Schenectady City Hall. 'It really supports the local families and supports the local economy,' he said.

Categories: Business, News

The Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp. and Capital Region Chamber of Commerce want you to shop locally this Saturday for Small Business Saturday.

The Upper Union Street Business Improvement District is joining the two organizations as part of the Small Business Saturday Schenectady Partnership to encourage buying locally to support the area's families and economy.

Nearly 40 local businesses in Schenectady are offering in-store contests, giveaways and specials as part of Small Business Saturday, which was founded by American Express in 2010 to encourage people to shop at small businesses.

Small Business Saturday is held nationwide on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, after Black Friday and just before Cyber Monday.

Nationwide last year, shoppers spent an estimated $14.3 billion at small, independent businesses on Small Business Saturday, according to American Express.

During a press conference at City Hall today, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy said people should shop locally every day at small, family-owned businesses.

"Small businesses are such a key component to the renaissance we have seen in this community," he said. "We look at the transformation that has happened downtown — those are small, locally owned, independent businesses that really drive the economic rebirth of Schenectady."

Also, McCarthy presented the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp.'s executive director, Jim Salengo, with an official proclamation declaring Saturday as Small Business Saturday.

"Here in Schenectady, we really want to make sure our local community comes out and supports our hard-working, independent businesses," Salengo said.

Some of the Schenectady businesses participating in Small Business Saturday include Downtown Designs at 177 Jay St., Michael's Shoe Service at 1728 Union St., and Habitat for Humanity's ReStore Schenectady at 115 N. Broadway.

Madelyn Thorne, co-executive director of the Upper Union Street BID and executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, said the service at small businesses is "the best."

"You find that unique gift and that unique item," she said. "You don't get that service at big-box stores. When you support a small business, such as the ones on Upper Union Street, we have scholarships. So when you support small businesses, you are supporting your own community."

Downtown Designs' Richard Mare, along with Chris Mastroianni of Michael's Shoe Service, joined local officials at today's press conference.

Mastroianni is a fourth-generation cobbler at his family's business.

"Really understanding what small business is, it's a grassroots for the sustainability of our community," he said. "It really supports the local families and supports the local economy."

Mastroianni brought a pair of shoes to the press conference to show off the company's local handiwork.

"I wanted to take our heritage and tradition of what my great-grandfather did in making shoes and repurposing them," he said.

Chuck Steiner, president of the Chamber of Schenectady County, joked that McCarthy should purchase a new pair of shoes from Mastroianni.

McCarthy laughed, saying he would stop by on Saturday.

Steiner said Bel Cibo restaurant's reopening next month at 96 Jay St. — across from City Hall — following a fatal fire next door in March is a great example of the importance of supporting local businesses.

"One thing you see in small businesses is the tenacity, the will and the drive to continue on," he said. "Bel Cibo continuing to move forward speaks well of small businesses. We also need people to step up and help small businesses."

For more information on Small Business Saturday in Schenectady and participating businesses, visit www.downtownschenectady, www.capitalregionchamber, and www.upperunionstreet.com.

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Virus closed storefronts, so Doylestown shops go virtual - RADIO.COM

Posted: 23 Apr 2020 12:00 AM PDT

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Small business owners in Doylestown are fighting to stay alive while their doors remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic, so they've turned to the virtual marketplace.

Small Business Saturday is traditionally the Saturday after Thanksgiving. But Derrick Morgan, co-owner of the Monkey's Uncle, which sells retro sports apparel, is banding with more than 50 other merchants to hold a virtual small business event this Saturday.

"Unfortunately, a lot of these businesses are trying to find a way to survive the stay-at-home orders until they are able to open the doors again. By being able to support these small businesses now when we need it most, we can help ensure that they will be around come November when Small Business Saturday would typically happen," he said.

The virtual event includes special deals, free shipping, no-contact hand deliveries, and curbside pickup. 

One toy store, Busy Bee, is even offering a FaceTime tour of the shop, so you can browse the aisles without leaving the couch. 

"You can pay with a credit card right over the phone," Morgan added.

He said at least two business owners in the area have closed for good, so he hopes the need for shoppers is real.

For a full list of stores participating in Small Business Saturday, visit the Discover Doylestown website.

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