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Small Business Development Center
Small Business Saturday- by now you probably have heard of Small Business Saturday. It is the Saturday after Thanksgiving (this year it falls on November 26th). It is a special day meant for individuals to support their local community by shopping at locally owned businesses- just in time for the holidays!
Shopping locally helps our local economy in obvious ways. It helps a business thrive, employ our local workforce, and contribute to our local economy. However, shopping locally also helps an estimated 67 cents out of every dollar stay in our community. Shopping at big box doors helps keep roughly 38 cents in our community. Shopping online, has the smallest impact on our local economy. There is a huge economic advantage to shopping small and shopping local.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at JCC encourages everyone to make at least one purchase locally on Small Business Saturday. Intend to make more? We thank you. Our community thanks you. The businesses you support feel the impact on Small Business Saturday and all year long.
To help celebrate Small Business Saturday the SBDC went to several businesses in downtown Jamestown and delivered Small Business Saturday signs, tote bags, and SBDC water bottles so that area businesses could promote Small Business Saturday (and stay hydrated on Small Business Saturday). The SBDC supports small businesses all year by providing free and confidential business guidance to businesses with fewer than 500 employees and serves Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties. Need help with your business plan, loan packaging, marketing, financial projections and budgeting, call us at 716-338-1024 or visit our website at www.sbdcjcc.org to schedule an appointment with one of our certified business advisors.
While the SBDC was in downtown Jamestown it was very apparent that our local area is chalked full of unique and delightful businesses. The SBDC stopped at local gift shops, a flower shop, a variety store, and sneaker store! We also visited several businesses that sold Bills merchandise and Lucille Ball merchandise. In addition many stores and restaurants carry their own gift cards that are available for purchase.
There is so much variety in downtown Jamestown. Luckily that wide array of businesses, restaurants, and services can be seen throughout our whole region! Don’t forget the true variety our area has- you can find almost anything you can think of somewhere in our area from Fredonia to Olean to Cuba, NY. With that in mind the SBDC encourages you to shop in as many areas as you can! Your support helps our local businesses. Supporting our area will allow other individuals see a thriving economic region, and allow these individuals come up with their own ideas for successful businesses yet to come.
Administered by the US Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Jamestown Community College (JCC) vision is to create economic sustainability for all New Yorkers – one business at a time. The SBDC delivers high quality business counseling and training to clients looking to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business. Services are free and confidential and include a range of management and technical assistance from business plan development, accounting guidance, productivity enhancement and export assistance to loan information, marketing, and financial planning among other services.