1 November 2023
Celebrate Small Business Season this November in the Heart of Long Island
Table of Contents
- What is Small Business Season?
- Defining a Local Independent Small Business
- Why Support Local Independent Small Businesses?
- Benefits to the Community and You
- How to Support Your Local Indies
- For Local Businesses: Seizing Small Business Season
- Chambers of Commerce: Your Role in Small Business Season
- Mark Your Calendars: November’s Noteworthy Dates
What is Small Business Season?
Small Business Season is an extended holiday shopping period dedicated to acknowledging and supporting local independent small businesses. It’s an entire month that invites us to turn our holiday cheer into meaningful action by choosing to shop local.
Defining a Local Independent Small Business
A local independent small business is a privately owned company that is tied closely to the area it serves. These are not the chain stores or franchises that dot every suburb; they’re unique to our communities. They’re not the online giants that thrive on the anonymity of the internet; they are run by our neighbors. Unlike big-box stores that report to far-flung headquarters, these businesses are the dreams of local entrepreneurs made real.
Why Support Local Independent Small Businesses?
Every dollar spent at a local independent business circulates within the community, multiplying its impact. It means more support for local jobs, stronger funding for city services through taxes, and a more vibrant, diverse marketplace. When we choose to support local businesses, we are investing in the prosperity and character of our neighborhoods.
Benefits to the Community and You
Supporting local businesses is not just about community service; it’s about community benefit. A thriving local economy leads to improved local infrastructure, better schools, and stronger social services. For the consumer, this means a better quality of life, unique product offerings, and personalized customer service.
How to Support Your Local Indies
Support can come in many forms: from liking and sharing their social media posts, to purchasing gift cards or choosing them over a big-box competitor. It can be as simple as leaving a positive review online or recommending a favorite spot to a friend. Whether you spend a little or a lot, every gesture counts.
For Local Businesses: Seizing Small Business Season
Local businesses can ride the wave of Small Business Season by ensuring their digital presence is polished and user-friendly. An easy-to-navigate website, updated social media profiles, and online shopping options are key in capturing the hearts and wallets of local patrons.
Chambers of Commerce: Your Role in Small Business Season
Local Chambers of Commerce are the cheerleaders for small businesses. By organizing events, providing resources for digital optimization, and promoting Small Business Season, they can energize the local economy and create a cohesive community spirit.
Mark Your Calendars: November’s Noteworthy Dates
- November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends – a reminder to spend that extra hour supporting local businesses.
- November 7: Election Day – cast your ballot and celebrate democracy by patronizing local entrepreneurs.
- November 14: World Diabetes Day – a chance to support health-focused local businesses.
- November 19: Women’s Entrepreneurship Day – spotlighting the achievements of female business owners.
- November 22: Thanksgiving Eve – local bars, restaurants, and music halls offer spaces to reunite with friends.
- November 23: Thanksgiving Day – enjoy local festivities and dining options that give back to the community.
- November 24: Black Friday – take advantage of local deals and special offers.
- November 25: Small Business Saturday – a day specially set aside to support local independent businesses.
- November 27: Cyber Monday – score online deals from small businesses with e-commerce platforms.
- November 28: Giving Tuesday – a time to give back through donations of time, talent, or funds to local non-profits.