SCC Small Business Center encourages consumers

Amanda Bradshaw talks with clients at the Small Business Center.

With the Holiday Shopping Season just around the corner, the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN) encourages you to #ShopSmallSaturday and support your local Small Businesses.

Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday has quickly become a nationally recognized day to support your local independent merchants with the power of your dollar.

“Everyone has a list of gifts to pick up between now and Christmas, the small business owners of Sampson County would love to have you visit their businesses,” states Small Business Director Amanda Bradshaw of Sampson Community College. “Local businesses strive to carry the best products, some locally made, and also offer you the best service in the hustle and bustle of the season.”

Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 as a day to celebrate local businesses through the launch of the holiday shopping season. The day has since grown into a powerful movement in support of local small businesses that make our community unique.

Consumer spending with independent retailers and restaurants during the 2014 Small Business Saturday® neared $14.3 billion according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); with a total of 88 million consumers shopping “small” on the day, up 14.9 percent from 2013.

“Your dollars hold such power in not only bringing dollars towards our downtown areas but ultimately this dollar stays in the community and offers benefits that are long past the Holidays,” Bradshaw added. “According to Yes! Magazine for every dollar spent at a local business, 45 cents is reinvested locally. This amount of small energy amounts to large changes if everyone joins in and shops local. I encourage you this Holiday season to intentionally spend at least of 20 percent of your holiday budget at our local business in Sampson County.”

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that over 50 percent of the working population works in a small business. A small business is defined by the Small Business Administration as one with 500 or less employees. Small businesses have generated over 65 percent of new jobs since 1995.

Small Business Saturday® is our opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to our community. The SBCN encourages you to use the power of your dollar to #ShopSmallSaturday on November 28th and help make a lasting impact in the place you call home.

Sampson Community College Small Business Center, contact us at 910-592-8081 or The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. The SBCN assists in starting an average of more than 700 businesses each year. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90 percent of all NC Counties each year including helping to create and retain over 3,600 jobs annually.

Amanda Bradshaw talks with clients at the Small Business Center. Bradshaw talks with clients at the Small Business Center.
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