Leave the Leftovers for Small Business Saturday 11/29

Leave the Leftovers for Small Business Saturday 11/29

Did you know that the weekend following Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping times of the year?

The weekend includes shopping days such as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. You have probably heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but may not know about Small Business Saturday. If you have heard about Shop Small Saturday, you know how important supporting small businesses are to the local economy. If you have not heard of Shop Small Saturday, please continue reading to find out more information and why you should participate in Shop Small Saturday.

On Black Friday, consumers flock to big box stores to get the best deals-often time at discounts small businesses could not even come close to offering. Ironwood will be open at 11 am and serving lunch on Black Friday, and even hosting our own Buy One, Get One Black Friday [buy one drink, get one free with a Black Friday shopping receipt]. For Ironwood, as well as many other small businesses a more important day follows Black Friday -Small Business Saturday.


In 2010, American Express stepped up to the plate to help small businesses benefit from one of the largest shopping weekends of the year and founded Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday was developed to help small businesses with their most pressing need-getting more customers. While large corporations often have large marketing budgets that they use to reach existing customers and find new customers, small businesses often do not have that luxury. As a small business, finding customers can be the most difficult part of business-and is definitely one of the most important parts of business, as new customers generate sales so small businesses can keep their doors open and offer their services and products to consumers.

The first-ever Small Business Saturday was held on November 27, 2010 and encouraged people across the country to support small businesses. In 2011, the United States Senate officially recognized the Saturday after Thanksgiving to be Small Business Saturday. In 2012, American Express kicked their support up a notch and helped small businesses promote Small Business Saturday by offering free, personalized ads which appeared millions of times online. In 2013, Small Business Saturday asked individuals, neighborhoods, and local organizations to pledge support to Small Business Saturday and plan neighborhood campaigns. Over 1,450 neighborhoods pledged support and signed up to rally their communities.

Small Business Saturday is held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving-this year on Saturday November 29, 2014.

By supporting small businesses, you are supporting your local economy. Check out this important info graphic courtesy of American Express:

American Express Shop Small

This year, the Small Business Administration [SBA] has partnered with the National Restaurant Association to promote local restaurants, developing Small Business Saturday Night. Small Business Saturday Night encourages consumers to dine small and choose locally owned restaurants while eating out on Small Business Saturday.

Did you know that each dollar spent in restaurants generates an extra two dollars in sales for other industries, spurring economic activity in their communities and across the nation?

This year, Ironwood is inviting everyone to “LEAVE THE LEFTOVERS” and enjoy lunch and/or dinner with us on Small Business Saturday. We have developed a special Small Business Saturday food and drink menu, which will be released Wednesday November 26, 2014. Please visit our website tomorrow to learn more about our Small Business Saturday menu.


An invitation from Maria Contreras-Sweet, SBA Administration:

“Join me November 29th for Small Business Saturday, an opportunity to support and celebrate your neighborhood retailers and restaurants. More than two out of three Americans are now aware that Small Business Saturday is a day devoted to shopping and dining small. That’s why I’m inviting you to share in this special occasion to amplify the lifeblood of our economy. Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday has become a critical day on the calendar for entrepreneurs to grow their customer base. 
Along with an exciting day of shopping, I encourage you to #DineSmall this “Small Business Saturday Night”. This year, SBA is partnering with the National Restaurant Association to promote our local restaurants. Eating out on Small Business Saturday will emphasize the accomplishments of small business restaurants across the country while encouraging consumers to patronize eateries in their neighborhoods. Nine out of 10 restaurants have less than 50 employees, and 80 percent of restaurant owners start their careers in entry-level positions. That’s why this movement is an important new way to support our hard working food proprietors who give America’s Main Street the tastes we love.  The partnership will amplify restaurants during the national push to support our nation’s small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.”

In addition to inviting everyone to dine small at Ironwood this Saturday, we would like to invite you to support the many other local businesses in our community. Some of our top picks include [click on business name to be directed to their website]:

All Cut Up Salon

Kastenson Auto Service

Union Grove Lumber & True Value

Micro Comp Services

Acme Office Equipment

Roseanne’s Floral Services

Buisse Custom Arms

Harry Hanson Meat Service

Lester’s Bison


For a full list of Small Business Saturday participants, please visit the American Express Small Business Saturday website here. To learn more about Union Grove Area businesses, please visit the Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Website here.

“Since 2010, customers and small businesses alike have been able to kick start their holiday shopping season on a day celebrating the uniqueness, charm and economic impact that small businesses bring to communities nationwide.” – Forbes

I hope to see you on Small Business Saturday at Ironwood for GOOD FOOD, GOOD FUN, & GOOD DRINKS!