Burke County Chamber of Commerce Announces It’s Small Business Season™: Support Local

From November 1st – December 31st, we’re celebrating Small Business Season™. The Chamber is encouraging every person of our community to support friends and neighbors by shopping, dining, and exploring our small businesses.

Small Business Season

Small Business Season™ is a free global marketing campaign created to help share the message and educate on the importance of supporting not just a local business, but our neighbors and friends. Small businesses support our community by creating jobs as well as donating to our non-profits, our youth organizations, and our local events. Together, let’s help them thrive!

A Big Deal to Burke County

Small/independently-owned businesses made up over 60% of all new jobs this year and yet they face many challenges from rising costs to filling vacancies. Plus, according to JP Morgan Chase, “The median small business holds (only) 27 cash buffer days in reserve. Half of all small businesses hold a cash buffer of less than one month. Moreover, 25% of small businesses hold fewer than 13 cash buffer days in reserve.” That means over 50% of small businesses wouldn’t last over a month on their reserves. 

Why is it Important?

By implementing Small Business Season, we hope to encourage people to patronize all sorts of small/independently-owned businesses this holiday season. In addition to our wonderful retail options, there are dining establishments, personal service providers, even local artisans that need our support. Small Business Season is a way to help our residents develop a better appreciation for how their spending affects our community.

How to Get Involved

Support small businesses by patronizing them and/or:

  • Writing reviews
  • Referring friends
  • Checking-in and taking pictures or videos and sharing them on social media when you’re visiting small businesses
  • Sharing small business posts on social media
  • Talking about your favorite businesses on social media
  • Participating in one of the Chamber’s Shop Local events!

Join us and pledge to support local this holiday season. Shopping small can make a big difference.

If you’re a small business, visit the Small Business Season website for your free marketing collateral.

Small Business Saturday

In an effort to support their local communities, organizations across the country sign up with American Express to serve as Neighborhood Champions. These supporters bring their community together with events and activities on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year.

Together, let’s rally our community to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday – and all season long!
Small/independently-owned businesses need our help, & we need theirs. On average, $68 of every $100 spent locally stays in our community. Most of us turn to small businesses first when we’re seeking help for our nonprofits, youth activities, more. When they thrive, we thrive! 
Where you spend your money this holiday season matters.

Learn more about Small Business Season™ and how you can get involved!

Not a Retail Biz? You Can Still Be a Strong Part of Small Business Season

Learn about what the Burke Chamber is doing this year for Small Business Season!

Small Business Season™ Articles

Check back each week for new Small Business Season™ articles!

2022 Small Business Season™ Articles

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