NOVEMBER 14, 2012
Scottsdale wants to connect shoppers with local businesses on Small Business Saturday
Scottsdale is encouraging small businesses and consumers to connect through the newly-created Small Business Saturday Scottsdale Facebook page. The page was created for Scottsdale’s recognition of Small Business Saturday, a national push encouraging people to “shop small” on Nov. 24.
Shoppers can join Small Business Saturday Scottsdale on Facebook for a chance to win a $25 American Express gift card. Winners will be selected in time to use the gift cards on Nov. 24.
Businesses can use the page to post information about their shops, special deals for Small Business Saturday and other products and services.
Scottsdale’s Small Business Saturday Facebook page is part of a nationwide celebration and promotion of small businesses. Learn more at Shop Small.
Why Shop Small?
In Scottsdale, business and sales taxes account for 25 percent of all city revenues – more than $163.5 million last fiscal year. Much of that comes from small, locally-owned business like those being promoted at Small Business Saturday.
According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years and employ just over half of all private sector employees.
Dollars spent locally generate sales tax that supports the municipal services that residents count on – like police and fire protection, transportation, recreation programs and libraries.
Local First Arizona, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes local businesses in Arizona, reports that when money is spent at locally owned businesses, that money is re-circulated and creates up to 75 percent more tax revenue to the community and state.