Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020

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Small Business Saturday, November 28, 2020

Show Your Support for Small Business This Holiday Season

By: SBA Baltimore District Director Steve Umberger

Small Business Saturday this year is being celebrated November 28th.  The holidays might look a little different; however, many things remain the same. This is the season to be thankful and to enjoy quality time and precious moments spent with family and friends, whether within your “bubble” or via video conference. This year has brought many challenges and changed the way we work, live and play. We know that small businesses need our support now more than ever as they navigate, retool, and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Small businesses offer a wide variety of unique gifts, services, and experiences, with unmatched customer service.  It is estimated that American consumers spent $19.6 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday last year. While you may be cautious of in-person shopping, most retailers have embraced e-commerce and many now even offer curbside service for online or phone orders. It is also a great time to order carry-out or visit a local eatery once you have had your fill of Thanksgiving leftovers.

If you are a small business owner, know that the SBA is here to assist you. We offer a variety of programs to help you start or grow your small business. Free counseling is available virtually through our resource partners: the Maryland Small Business Development Center Network, SCORE, and our Women’s Business Centers. There is a wealth of information online at , including detailed information on all SBA programs, local resources, holiday marketing tips and disaster recovery efforts.

We can all show our appreciation for one another and support local small businesses by shopping and dining “small” throughout the holiday season. Local small businesses truly deserve our support to continue to thrive and keep their workers employed.