‘Tis the season for holiday shopping! Before the stress and rush of finding the perfect gift begins to enter your body, I just want to remind you to try to support small/local businesses during your quest.
If you are a business owner, you already know that the holidays are a difficult time to bring customers in. And if you are a customer, remember that small businesses are owned by people in your community who care about its well-being.
In fact, the U.S. Small Business Association and the U.S. Department of Labor reported that for every $100 you spend at local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. (Check out this blog on 7 Reasons Why Supporting Local Business is Good for Your Community by Mass.gov)
Here are 5 ways you can support small businesses during the holidays:
Trade your Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks for a latte at a Local Coffee Shop
According to SouthFloridaReporter.com, Starbucks sells about 20 million Pumpkin Spiced Lattes every year. Prices range about $4.25-$5.25 depending on size (in San Antonio). That means Starbucks sells between 85 to 105 million dollars on Pumpkin Spiced Lattes each year.
Skip the holiday drink at Starbucks and go support a local coffee shop. Here in San Antonio we have a long list of amazing local coffee places to try out. Check out this one by SanAntonioMag.
Skip Black Friday and celebrate Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 to help small businesses during the holidays. It’s celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving. You can skip Black Friday and Cyber Monday and support a local business by shopping from them. That way you won’t have to deal with crazy crowds or have to wait 5-7 business for your delivery to arrive.
(You can search for local businesses in San Antonio here)
Get your Christmas gifts from a local business
Thinking about what to get your loved ones this year? Support small businesses by going local. Most of them will have holiday promotions going on that you can take advantage of. There’s plenty of options out there to choose from. Don’t think that just because you’re going local your options are limited.
At VenturePoint you can gift conference room hours and pre-paid office hours for anyone who may be looking for a place to work or hold meetings. Learn more about the services we offer here.
Donate to a local charity of non-profit organizations. Not only are you giving back to your community but they potentially may be tax-deductible.
Check out this list of non-profit organizations from the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
Volunteer on your local food bank or animal shelter
There are many organizations that are actively looking for volunteers to help their cause. You can give back to your community and organize a team-building outing with your coworkers and employees.
Some of my favorite places to volunteer are San Antonio Pets Alive! and the San Antonio Food Bank. Here is a list of places looking for volunteers in San Antonio.
If you’re looking for more ideas on how to keep supporting local small business, check out this article by Bankrate.
I invite you to give any of these options a try. My goal this year is to try to get all of my gifts from local businesses in San Antonio. That way I’m giving back to my community and supporting other small businesses during this season. How are you giving back this year?
By Paulina Escobar on November 1, 2019