Dedham Square Circle announced its participation in this year’s Small Business Saturday, taking
place on November 29, 2014. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses.
Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. In 2013, nearly 1,500 Neighborhood Champions rallied local businesses and created events and activities to drive shopping at small businesses around the country. The day was also championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C., including President Obama who took his daughters shopping at a local bookstore.
Dedham Square businesses are gearing up for what they hope to be a busy weekend, many of which are offering special promotions and discounts. “The concept behind Small Business Saturday is what we’ve been promoting since Dedham Square Circle was founded,” said Amy Haelsen, Executive Director of the Dedham Square Circle . “Supporting our small independently owned businesses is important for a number of reasons but perhaps most importantly, when money is spent at a local business a larger percentage of it stays right here in our community.”
“Making a decision to patronize the independently owned shops and restaurants in the Square – and around Dedham - makes a big difference,” said Haelsen. “By purchasing holiday gifts, dining and seeking services from small businesses, you’re not only supporting the hard-working businesses which support our schools, youth sports teams, and non-profits, you're also supporting our own local economy,” said Haelsen. “Shopping locally is making an investment in our community.”
There is an added incentive to spend money at small businesses during Small Business Saturday. American Express Cardholders get a $10 statement credit, up to three times, from American Express when they use their registered or linked American Express Card on November 29th to make a purchase of $10 or more at a small business. Visit www.smallbusinesssaturday.com for more details. Businesses in the Square that accept Amex include: The Dedham Exchange, The Blue Bunny, Dedham Bike, Heart of the Square, nest, Dedham Square Artist Guild, La Luce Pastry Shop, Mocha Java, Isabella, Kouzina Estiatorio, Vincenzo's, Deli After Dark, Dedham House of Pizza, Salem Food Market, Paradise Cafe, Kiku Yama, Dedham Commumity Theatre, Salon 561 and Total Image Day Spa.
ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Nov 29 marks the fifth annual 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 was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers. To date, more than 3.3 million Facebook users “liked” the Small Business Saturday Just last year, 370+ advocacy organizations, 160+ corporations, and elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C. declared their support for Small Business Saturday.