Small Business Saturday

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Local college works to support Small Business Saturday

Kathryn Jenkins - TCCC

Kathryn Jenkins, director of Tri-County Community College’s Small Business Center, presents at the college’s Women’s Business Networking Luncheon in March at the main campus in Peachtree.

With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, the Tri-County Community College Small Business Center encourages you to support your local small businesses this Saturday.

Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday has quickly become a nationally recognized day to support local independent merchants with the power of local dollars.

“Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity for the small business communities to work together to promote their business and others and to take advantage of the increased number of people who really begin shopping after Thanksgiving,” said Kathryn Jenkins, director of Tri-County Community College’s Small Business Center.

Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 as a day to celebrate local businesses through the holiday shopping season. The day has since grown into a powerful movement in support of local small businesses that make communities unique.

According to American Express, 2016 drew an estimated 112 million consumers reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, marking a 13 percent increase from 2015.

“Part of Tri-County Community College’s mission is to enrich the communities we serve, and small businesses are vital to our local economy,” Jenkins said. “I strongly encourage everyone to visit your local businesses and see the cool, unique, and often handmade merchandise they offer.”

The U.S. Census Bureau reports more than 50 percent of the working population are employed in a small business.

Tri-County Community College’s Small Business Center offers a variety of free services to anyone interested in starting or improving their small business. For more information or to schedule a confidential one-on-one session, contact Jenkins at 835-9564.