The Small Business Center at Beaufort County Community College has joined the 57 other centers in the state to encourage holiday shoppers to support local small businesses this year by joining the Small Business Saturday campaign.
“Small Business Saturday speaks to the mission of the Small Business Center at Beaufort County Community College and other centers across the state,” said Director Lentz Stowe. “Small businesses are the backbone of the economy in the United States, particularly its rural areas, and our center strives to encourage entrepreneurship and small business development.”
“I am pleased to add our Small Business Center’s voice to this campaign to support this effort,” he said.
Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 29, has become a nationally recognized day to support local independent merchants.
Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 as a day to celebrate local businesses through the launch of the holiday shopping season. The day has since grown into a powerful movement in support of local small businesses that make our community unique.
Consumer spending with independent merchants during the 2013 Small Business Saturday neared $5.7 billion according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business. A recent forecast by consulting and financial advising firm Deloitte, US indicates that holiday shopping sales are expected to increase by as much as 4.5 percent in the 2014 season, with sales expecting to total between $981 and $986 billion.
Sixty million workers in the United States are employed by small business, accounting for approximately, half of the private sector workforce. In North Carolina, 47 percent of the workforce is employed in a small business setting.
The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. The network helps establish more than 650 businesses each year and help create and retain over 3,000 jobs annually.