Shop Local For Small Business Saturday(& All Year Round!) Carlotta Bartolini Every year in November, people start talking about Small Business Saturday. You see and hear about it everywhere, from social media to radio. But do you know when and how this iconic day came to life? The OriginSmall Business Saturday was born as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which provide worldwide shopping experiences.In the midst of the 2010 recession, American Express and the nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation partnered and, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, celebrated the first Small Business Saturday. Their goal? Encourage people to shop small and support local communities. As you can imagine, it was a big success!A year later, still riding the momentum, business associations, municipalities, public officials, and other groups formed the Small Business Saturday Coalition. The same year, the Senate passed a resolution affirming its support of the day. Even the President gave it a shoutout! The ImpactToday, eleven years later, we still celebrate Small Business Saturday. Consider that there are about 32 million small businesses in the States, and 47% of US employees work for a small business. Imagine the impact you can have on all these people’s lives!Supporting a small business is a way to have a positive impact on someone’s dream and ultimately, on the world you live in. Did you know that for every $1 towards a small business, $0.67 stays in the local economy? How To Support Local All Year RoundYou may not even realize it, but every time you get a coffee from your go-to neighborhood cafe or a beer from your favorite local brewery, you’re shopping small and making a big difference in your community.You know — supporting small businesses is not just about purchasing from them. There are other things you can do to show your support. Check out our “Support a Local Business Checklist” below.Shop LocalLeave A Review Share A Photo/Post On Social Media & Give Them A Shoutout Consider Small Before The Big BusinessesTell A Friend Or A Family Member About A Small Business You LoveSign-Up For Their NewsletterAttend Their EventsBe Caring And Check In With Owners And EmployeesAim For Local Holiday ShoppingSite-Seeker’s ShoutoutsThis year at Site-Seeker, each of our employees shared their favorite local small businesses, we gave them a shoutout on social media, and now we want to share them with you! Also, we are truly grateful to all of our small business clients. Without them, Site-Seeker wouldn’t be where it is today. Take a look at all of them listed below! Site-Seeker’s Small Business ClientsMercer’s Dairy, Ice Cream Shop in Boonville, NYInsurance Marketplace Agency, Independent Insurance Agency in Webster, NYStage Time Trivia, Subscription Trivia Service in Utica, NYSaint Lawrence Chateau, Restaurant & Hotel in Clayton, NYRudy Schmid, Auto Body Repair Shop in Syracuse, NYDeIorios, Pizza Dough Manufacturer in Utica, NYCleveland Public Adjusters, Public Adjusters in Cleveland, OHAtlantic Precision Spring, Spring Manufacturer in Bristol, CTPerformance Wire and Cable, Wire and Cable Manufacturer in Camden, NYTransWorld Equipment, Equipment Specialists, in Shrewsbury, NJ Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Resort in Cortland, NYAlways A Good Sign, Full Service Sign Company in West Berlin, NJRiff Co. Construction & Renovations, Home Remodeling Contractors in Buffalo, NY Central Masonry & Chimney, Chimney Maintenance Company in Dolgeville, NYComedy CNY, Stand Up Comedy & Trivia Bar in CNYElastomers, Rubber-Manufacture Supplies Manufacturer in Williamsville, NYGrants Plus, Grant Seeking Firm in Cleveland, OHEdgewood Capital, Commercial Real Estate Company in Southport, CTSaint Lawrence Spirits, Distillery in Clayton, NY Scalzo Zogby & Witting, Independent Insurance Agency in Utica, NYSherrill Manufacturing, Flatware Manufacturers in Sherrill, NY Silver City Pewters, Pewterware Finishers in Sherrill, NYStrategic Financial Services, Financial Service Business in Utica, NY Sturges Manufacturing, Container Supplier in Shrewsbury, NJUnlimited Tomorrow, Prosthetic Arm Manufacturer & Distributor in Rhinebeck, NYOur Employees’ Favorite Small Business Clients Sean’s Heart of the Park, Outdoor Restaurant in Atlanta, GAThai Fusion, Thai Restaurant in Pinehurst, NCEcho & Rig, Restaurant in Las Vegas, NVMōtus, Farm To Table Restaurant Utica, NYAlmost Local, Gift Shop in Clinton, NYBeer Hub, Beer Bar in Utica, NYLincoln Davies Building Supply, Building Supply in Sauquoit, NYPrimo Pizza, Pizzeria in Clinton, NYHolland Farms Bakery, Bakery in Yorkville, NYNorthside Social, Coffeehouse, Café & Wine Bar in Arlington, VA Lupo Marino, Italian Restaurant in Washington, DCConclusionSmall business is the fabric of our community. Remember — you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local… and that’s kind of the same thing.