Shop Local, Shop Small for 12th Annual Small Business Saturday | SBDC UNF

Shop Local, Shop Small for 12th Annual Small Business Saturday

J Malcom RichardsBy J. Malcolm Richards, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration North Florida District

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As the Agency whose primary mission is to support our nation’s entrepreneurs, we at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrate small businesses daily.  When our small businesses thrive, our communities thrive. As part of our annual tradition, we are asking you to join millions of Americans and shop small on Small Business Saturday, November 27th, to complete your holiday shopping.

Small businesses represent the dynamic markets of the United States, encompassing everyone from your family-owned small restaurant to your neighborhood’s recently opened specialty boutique or traditional manufacturer. Shopping small allows your community to support your local small businesses that are adding jobs and diversity to your neighborhood’s main street 365 days a year.  While you are supporting your local small businesses for Small Business Saturday, dine small, too – visit your local eateries and independent restaurants.

As the North Florida District Director, I’ve seen the impact small businesses make on our economy and our diverse community. For example, Dennis Chan, Owner of Blue Bamboo Canton and Bar has worked with the SBA and our resource partners for many years to grow his business. Mr. Chan currently has over 30-employees and has been able to expand his operations into a bigger space.  Our office stands ready to help you access the SBA programs and services, so please reach out via phone (904) 443-1900 or email

When we shop and dine small, we’re contributing to and saluting our unique local small businesses, raising their small business potential. This is crucial especially as we recover from the pandemic.  Small businesses are the engine of our economy, creating two out of every three net new private-sector jobs. Small Business Saturday, now in its 12th year, significantly empowers our small business owners. Last year, shoppers came together to support their local communities by spending a record high of over $19 billion.


I know I’ll be shopping and dining small with my friends and family on Saturday, November 27th, so gather your neighbors and colleagues to SHOP SMALL on Small Business Saturday.

And while you’re at it, take part in Small Business Saturday on social media using the hashtag #Shopsmall to amplify your support for America’s small businesses, the backbone of the U.S. economy.  Be sure to follow us on your shopping day @SBA_NorthFL.

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