'It Means Everything': Shoppers Fill Local Stores For Small Business Saturday November 30, 2019 - RADIO.COM

'It Means Everything': Shoppers Fill Local Stores For Small Business Saturday November 30, 2019 - RADIO.COM


'It Means Everything': Shoppers Fill Local Stores For Small Business Saturday November 30, 2019 - RADIO.COM

Posted: 30 Nov 2019 12:00 AM PST

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (WCBS 880) – Saturday is the tenth annual Small Business Saturday, when, after Black Friday, shoppers are encouraged to get their holiday shopping done at a local business. Montclair is encourage shoppers to support locally owned shops with a scavenger hunt.

DollyMoo on Glenridge Avenue may look like a small storefront, but it sure fits a crowd. The natural beauty supply shop was founded by Nicci Silva and her sister after the two created bath products at home using natural ingredients.

"I do live for this day," Silva told WCBS 880. "I mean look at it. The store is really busy. People are coming in. There's smiles everywhere. It's awesome. We're very grateful."

DollyMoo is one of more than 50 businesses in Montclair participating in a scavenger hunt that's taking place across the town Saturday. Shoppers are searching for a hidden cat and bunny icon hidden in each store.

"I just think it's important to support local businesses," Emma Wescott, of Montclair, said. "Especially at a place like Montclair, where it's kind of important to us."

Wescott says she makes the annual trip around Montclair every Small Business Saturday and supports businesses like DollyMoo all year round.

Cool Cat Music on Bloomfield Avenue was also filled with shoppers trying out new guitars and taking advantage of store-wide sales.

The owner, Ken DePoto, says shopping small should go beyond the annual event.

"The faces you see every day. Those are the people you're helping out," DePoto said. "It means everything. Truthfully, it does."

Alice Magdziak says the best part of shopping small is getting to known the passionate business owners like DePoto.

"Rather than just somebody working at a chain store, and they're just doing it for a paycheck, the owners really love everything they're selling," Magdziak said.

American Express says 67 cents per a dollar spent at a local business stays in the community.

Lin-Manuel Miranda encourages Small Business Saturday - RADIO.COM

Posted: 28 Nov 2019 12:00 AM PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- With the holiday shopping season upon us, actor and "Hamilton'' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is encouraging people to take part in Small Business Saturday, an effort to shop at local, independent stores on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Growing up in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, the award-winning actor and "Hamilton'' creator said small businesses were a staple in the neighborhood.

"I think New York City is better when it's full of small businesses. I think the world is better. I grew up in a neighborhood that was dotted with small businesses,'' Miranda said at a recent pop-up shop put on by American Express, creator of Small Business Saturday.

"That's a part of what makes New York special and makes the world special, is those places you can't find anywhere else in the world," he said.

This year, he also became a small business owner by teaming up with a group that includes theater owner James Nederlander to purchase the Drama Book Shop, a century-old store in the theater district that was in danger of closing due to high rent prices. The new location nearby will open in March.

Empty Storefronts A Continuing Problem Across New York City - RADIO.COM

Posted: 30 Nov 2019 12:00 AM PST

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Empty storefronts have become much more common across New York City in recent years, making Small Business Saturday that much more significant.

Right down the street from where Park Slope was lighting up its Christmas tree to celebrate Small Business Saturday, a sign in a dark and empty building on a nearby street corner read "commercial space for rent."

Mark Caserta, with the Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District, says the neighborhood may be past the worst of the vacancy crisis, with commercial rents starting to fall.

"It means we're filling storefronts and we have a greater diversity of stores," Caserta said.

But he still says "it can be very challenging."

The amount of vacant retail space in the city doubled from 2007 to 2017, according to the city Comptroller's Office.

A recent comptroller report found the citywide commercial vacancy rate to be about 6 percent. It's higher in certain neighborhoods; for example, it's 10 percent on the Upper West Side and 19 percent in Crown Heights. Some rates are as high as 25 percent.

"A building owner could jack up the rent a hundred-fold or more," City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal told WCBS 880.

Rosenthal says national companies don't care as much about keeping empty buildings filled.

"If a building is owned by a local resident then they really understand the importance of street life," Rosenthal said.

Thanks to a bill sponsored by Rosenthal, the city now maintains a database of open and closed stores. And the City Council is beginning to explore the idea of commercial rent control.

"People need to be intentional about where they shop if they want to keep their brick and mortar, small businesses open," Rosenthal said.

Mentoring and support boost for Britain's small businesses - Hillingdon Times

Posted: 28 Sep 2020 11:46 PM PDT

Britain's small businesses are being given a much-needed boost with a new package of support and mentoring.

Small Business Saturday, now in its eighth year, will launch the UK's first online roadshow for over thirty towns and cities affected by the pandemic.

Kicking off in Scotland on November 2nd, the tour will 'zoom into' locations across the country each weekday; reaching everywhere from city centres like Edinburgh, Manchester, London and Cardiff, to rural communities such as Pateley Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales and Bodmin in Cornwall.

"This year has been incredibly tough for small businesses – financially, operationally, mentally and emotionally. This means our mission to support and celebrate small businesses across the UK becomes even more vital and ambitious," said Michelle Ovens, director of Small Business Saturday UK.

"While we're obviously sad not to be visiting small businesses on the ground, we are excited to use online to reach more people than ever, and bring small businesses and their communities a tremendously useful package of support. 

"This is all part of our promise to make this year's Small Business Saturday the best and most important one yet."

The online roadshow -  which will be supported by BT Skills for Tomorrow - will include free virtual mentoring advice on a range of topics, from digital marketing, to time and money management. 

Live interviews and workshops with local businesses, experts, dignitaries and supporters of the campaign will also be streamed via Small Business Saturday UK's Facebook page, along with a fun-filled daily 'Happy Hour' giveaway broadcast.

"Despite this year being phenomenally tough for small businesses across the UK, we have seen many businesses embrace the benefits that being more digital can bring; for them, their employees and their customers," said BT's Peter Oliver. 

"To make that leap, they need support and encouragement. The Tour 2020 is another great initiative from the Small Business Saturday team and we're delighted to be involved. 

We all have a role to play in helping our small business community and we look forward to offering mentoring support and helping them to develop their digital skills through our BT Skills for Tomorrow programme."

Small businesses can book virtual one-to-one mentoring sessions with local experts via the 'My Business Section' on the Small Business Saturday website. 

A grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, Small Business Saturday was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010. American Express remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its avid championing of the UK high street and commitment to encourage consumers to shop small.

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