Skip Black Friday – Opt For Small Business Saturday Instead

Karen Gordon Mills, Administrator of the The U.S. Small Business Administration, writes: In between the Black Friday sales and the Cyber Monday deals is Small Business Saturday (November 24th) – a day set aside to support the small businesses that play a vital role in creating jobs and economic opportunities all across the country.

Small businesses are the back bone of our communities. And when we shop small, we not only get great products and services, but we support our neighbors and strengthen our local economies.

Over the last two decades, small and new businesses have been responsible for creating two out of every three net new jobs in the U.S., and today over half of all working Americans own or work for a small business.

Last year, Small Business Saturday gave a boost to many of these Main Street businesses, with more than 100 million Americans shopping at independently-owned small businesses. And this year we can do even better!

This is an excellent opportunity to visit some of the wonderful shops in the downtown and Brickell area. Some of my favorites include:

La Epoca, downtown Miami’s boutique department store, 200 East Flagler Street
Ecoist for unique handbags, jewelry and home items – in Wynwood
Swiss Luxury Watches at 199 East Flagler Street
Joanna Paige Shoes, Handbags and Accessories at Mary Brickell Village
Brickell Jewelers at Mary Brickell Village

Don’t forget to stop for lunch:

Bryan in the Kitchen – Your Green Gourmet, 104 Northeast 2nd Avenue

If you have a favorite small business, add it to the list in the comment section. Happy shopping!