Small Business Saturday returns to New York

As people across the region prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family, some will be focused on saving money and getting ahead of their to-do list. holiday shopping.

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There are already Black Friday deals at big box stores like Walmart, Target and Best Buy, but thousands of shoppers are planning to help out family, friends and neighbors.

Small Business Saturday returns to New York the Saturday after Thanksgiving on November 26. There are thousands of small businesses that have amazing items, deals, and products that make great stocking stuffers and holiday gifts.

There are many ways for you, the consumer, to help the local business near you.

Participate in Small Business Saturday

Avoid the Black Friday shopping craze and go shopping on Saturday November 26th. Find in-store deals from websites like Shop716.com or Albany.com and NYCgo.com.

Give your shopping list to your community

This year, commit to buying at least half of all your gifts from local small businesses. Things like jewelry, clothing, and toys make great gifts and are best when purchased from a local store.

Share small business content on social media

When you make a purchase, be sure to share it on social media. Use hashtags like #Shoplocal, #ShoplocalNY, #Shoplocal716, #ShoplocalNYC to spread the love to local businesses.

Leave positive reviews

Use your digital footprint to leave great reviews for local businesses. Even if you haven’t bought anything but had a good experience, leaving an online review helps the small business get more traction and visibility online.

Join the fun!

Even if you’re not in the mood for shopping, get out and walk around. Check out some small businesses, talk to owners, and get to know the small businesses that make up your town.

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