• November 2018

Shop local on Small Business Saturday

The first Small Business Saturday took place in 2010 and quickly gained momentum across the United States. It falls on the Saturday following Thanksgiving each year, and this year it will be celebrated on Nov. 24.

The mission of Small Business Saturday is simple – encourage people across the country to support small, local businesses during the holiday shopping season. According to shopsmall.com, 108 million consumers nationwide shopped or dined at local, independently-owned small businesses on Small Business Saturday in 2017, which generated approximately $12 billion in reported spend.

A visit to the local boutique or a meal at your neighborhood café not only supports the local economy, it promotes a more vibrant community. Small businesses make up about 60 percent of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce's total membership of 2,100 members. The Chamber defines small businesses as those organizations with ten or fewer employees.

Small businesses across the community that are members of the Chamber can be found in the member directory at siouxfallschamber.com.

Give local on Giving Tuesday

South Dakota's first statewide Day of Giving will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27. The date coincides with the globally recognized Giving Tuesday, which brings attention to the work, impact and need of nonprofit organizations.

South Dakota Day of Giving seeks to generate excitement and grow philanthropy in South Dakota. Nonprofits across the state are uniting to encourage generosity and raise as much money as possible on a single day. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to demonstrate support for their favorite local nonprofit agencies both through donations and by raising awareness on Nov. 27.

Donors make donations directly to the local nonprofit. Every donation received, no matter the amount, increases that organization's chances to win additional funds from a prize pool. South Dakota Gives organized the prize pool and is also providing resources and training to support nonprofits who participate in Day of Giving. The event is fully funded by The Bush Foundation, South Dakota Community Foundation and several generous donors and partners.

Research has shown that nonprofits that participate in a Giving Day bring new donors to an organization, and that existing donors are more likely to increase their gift. More information about South Dakota Day of Giving can be found at southdakotagives.org.

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