American Express Open has started an interesting small business promotion. They are declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving – Nov. 27 – Small Business Saturday, and encouraging us to “shop small.” It’s a Facebook-driven campaign and they’re putting some money behind it, donating a dollar for every “like” they receive on their Facebook page to Girl’s Inc. – up to $500,000. If you register your AMEX card and shop at participating small business, AMEX says they’ll issue you a $25 statement credit.
I’d like to add something extra to the promotion: support your local small business, not only on Nov. 27, but throughout the holiday shopping season. When you shop locally with Seattle area businesses, your dollars go to work in your town; not only for jobs and business owners in the greater Seattle area, but in many cities, your local sales tax helps support essential local services such as transit, emergency services or business development. So shop small and local – and keep your money in your community!
Come on folks. Let’s support our local Seattle area businesses in a big way this Holiday season and BOYCOTT this recession. Oh wait, the recession is over right! Damn right it is.