Support Small Business Saturday

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday!

Support your local community and Shop Small!

The History of Small Business in America

From the U.S. Department of State

“Americans have always believed they live in a land of opportunity, where anybody who has a good idea, determination, and a willingness to work hard can start a business and prosper. In practice, this belief in entrepreneurship has taken many forms, from the self-employed individual to the global conglomerate.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the public extolled the pioneer who overcame great hardships to carve a home and a way of life out of the wilderness. In 19th-century America, as small agricultural enterprises rapidly spread across the vast expanse of the American frontier, the homesteading farmer embodied many of the ideals of the economic individualist. But as the nation’s population grew and cities assumed increased economic importance, the dream of being in business for oneself evolved to include small merchants, independent craftsmen, and self-reliant professionals as well.

The 20th century, continuing a trend that began in the latter part of the 19th century, brought an enormous leap in the scale and complexity of economic activity. In many industries, small enterprises had trouble raising sufficient funds and operating on a scale large enough to produce most efficiently all of the goods demanded by an increasingly sophisticated and affluent population. In this environment, the modern corporation, often employing hundreds or even thousands of workers, assumed increased importance.

Today, the American economy boasts a wide array of enterprises, ranging from one-person sole proprietorships to some of the world’s largest corporations. In 1995, there were 16.4 million non-farm, sole proprietorships, 1.6 million partnerships, and 4.5 million corporations in the United States — a total of 22.5 million independent enterprises.”

After you shop tomorrow-

Leave a comment and let us know what small business you supported on Saturday and what wonderful things you bought!


30 thoughts on “Support Small Business Saturday

  1. Thank you for visiting my blog at! May the smal businesses in your part of the country have a real fine Black Friday and profitable Christmas season!

  2. Dianna says:

    I’m planning to shop on Main Street in downtown Smithfield today; the antique shops are calling my name! (Of course, I’m shopping for Christmas gifts!)

  3. JimInTheD says:

    Reblogged this on Jim In The D and commented:
    I’ve got friends with stores all over Detroit. And now with a small business of my own, I understand the need for days like today!

  4. gardeniahung says:

    Greetings on Small Business Day!

  5. I’m off to buy gifts at Squishy Tushy in Blissfield, MI. Lovin’ the local this year!!!

  6. Jane Sadek says:

    The one thing I refuse to do this weekend is shop – big business or small. Things have gotten beyond nutty. I’m a big proponent of small business, which is challenging in a big city like Dallas, but I do stay out of the big box stores. Personally, I think Santa Claus must be embarrassed for us.

  7. The Hook says:

    Cool cyber-haven you’ve constructed here!

  8. Ray's Mom says:

    Having been a small business in a small town, I always shop local when possible. It is fun getting to know the neighborhood.

  9. Since I am a small business person myself, I always try to go to small businesses whenever I can.

  10. dedivahdeals says:

    I had a great time shopping Small Bus Saturday!

  11. Nancee and Meri's Blog of Independent Thinking says:

    Thanks for liking my post – from one small business person to another! 🙂 Glad I’m not the only one posting about Small Biz Saturday on WordPress. 🙂 Even long before Small Biz Saturday, I’ve usually frequented (and I’ll always continue to visit) local mom-and-pop establishments. LOVE THEM! They have better services, better products, and not to mention more unique and personal touch.

  12. Shopped at our favorite independent running apparel/shoe store to gear up for winter a bit! ~ Kat

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