Salute To Small Business!

Staff Report

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 28 – a national initiative designed to support small businesses during the holiday season.

This year, dozens of Los Alamos retailers, restaurants, service providers, home-based businesses and non-profits plan to offer specials and in-store events to help celebrate the national initiative, and the Los Alamos Daily Post is shinning a spotlight on the people behind those organizations.

Look for a special section “Salute to Los Alamos Small Businesses” in the paper’s weekly print edition, mailed each Thursday to every home and business in Los Alamos and White Rock. The special section will include an update on planned special events, a shopper’s map and other information about Small Business Saturday in Los Alamos.

During the entire month of November and the first week of December, readers will have an opportunity to meet the owners and managers behind many local businesses. Find out about them and what they offer customers, during this special salute to local small businesses.

Shopping locally builds the community’s economy and contributes to the friendly, small town atmosphere in Los Alamos. Many local businesses are donating a portion of the Small Business Saturday sales to the United Way of Northern New Mexico.

The Chamber has partnered with the United Way of Northern New Mexico to run a special promotion. Local businesses can sign up to promise a portion of their receipts on that day go to the United Way, and in return, the United Way will help to publicize their participation throughout the region and within Los Alamos National Laboratory through the Lab’s employee giving campaign.

The Small Business Saturday began in 2010 as a way to remind people to spend their holiday dollars at local businesses, rather than at some remote mall. Small Business Saturday takes place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, following close on the heels of what is called Black Friday.

Residents are encouraged to take the next four weeks leading up to Small Business Saturday and the week after to shop local and really show Los Alamos businesses that they are important to this community.