It’s been 10 years since American Express launched Small Business Saturday, an initiative to get people out to support their local shops on the Saturday after Black Friday. Since it started, Small Business Saturday spending has accumulated to be more than $103 billion total. So to put that in perspective: That’s nine days of shopping where people spent more than $100 billion.
The push to spend money at neighborhood stores even made it to the U.S. Senate floor, where in 2011 a resolution was passed supporting the day.
Shopping at stores in Oklahoma City is especially important in Oklahoma, where cities’ budgets are solely based on sales taxes. So the more you shop here, the more you help our police departments have up-to-date equipment or keep those pot holes filled.
Besides backing the city’s budget, when you shop at stores owned by your friends and neighbors, about 67 cents of every dollar goes back into Oklahoma City.
On Small Business Saturday, retailers will open their doors and offer deals or giveaways to shoppers. The best way to find out what your favorite store will be doing is to follow them on social media. Some of our friends that usually have special activities or sales that weekend are The Black Scintilla in Midtown, Red Coyote in Classen Curve and Plenty Mercantile in Automobile Alley, though there will be plenty of small shops to support.