Small Business Saturday 2010


First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. This year, November 27th is the first ever Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday is a national movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.

More than a dozen advocacy, public and private organizations have already joined American Express OPEN, the company’s small business unit, in declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday.


Would you like to make a positive impact on small businesses that supply your community and your special needs (such as homeschooling)? Small Business Saturday is a great way for you to support local, grass-roots, entrepreneurial, and mom-and-pop companies. Americans love “big box” stores, but it’s important to support small businesses. We can’t survive without you!

Why Support Small Businesses?

  1. Small businesses are our nation’s economic heart and soul. Supporting us keeps us alive and thriving.
  2. In this “big box” world, it’s refreshing to patronize one-of-a-kind businesses and small companies with character.
  3. Small businesses such as Writeshop are often birthed out of a need. Entrepreneurship allows us to be innovative, inventive, and creative.
  4. Small businesses develop and choose products based on the needs of their niche customers, thus providing you with a wide array of product choices.

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To learn more, visit Small Business Saturday on Facebook. I also hope you’ll join me in supporting small businesses. To encourage your support, here’s a discount coupon to use in the WriteShop store.

Use coupon code 20SBS at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase on Saturday, November 27 at

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#1 Janet on 11.23.10 at 5:20 pm

Small Business Saturday is a welcome invitation to support those local, unique enterprises which meet needs that “big box stores”, although wonderful at times, do not often address. I appreciate your numbered points above, especially #s 2 and 3. As a professional tutor and dog training instructor, I am able to provide highly personalized instruction and services, tailored to each client’s needs. Chain franchises don’t always have that option. In fact, if anyone is interested in the “maybe someday” idea of owning a small business, the very first book one should read is Barbara Winter’s “Making a Living Without a Job”. Highly, highly recommended! If you desire to take those first steps and leave your “job”, thus entering the world of self-employment, you will finish her book knowing what kind of unique entrepreneurial venture uniquely suits you. If you’re already self-employed, you’ll come away with fresh visions of how you can better serve the community, in an even deeper way.

#2 Kim on 11.23.10 at 6:08 pm

Janet, you’re such a wealth of information. Thank you for the tip on Barbara Winter’s book. Sounds great! I’m going to mention it on the WriteShop Facebook page tomorrow!

#3 Janet on 11.23.10 at 7:39 pm

You’re quite welcome, Kim! When I knew that I needed to leave my fulltime teaching position for a more flexible life, God sent me a copy of “Making a Living…” It truly was an answered prayer; I came away from the book with the inspiration and encouragement to build my own small businesses, uniquely crafted to serve the community in ways other businesses were not, as well as giving me the flex-life I needed. In fact, if you ever read it yourself, with journal and pen close by, I’d be curious as to what new directions you might be inspired to take “The Write Shop!” :)

#4 Kim on 11.23.10 at 8:39 pm

I’d love to do that! I’ll try to get one this week.

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