This week is a time to count our blessings and to give thanks for the gifts and privileges in our lives.
While many of us turn our thoughts to shopping and giving after the big feast, let’s also stop to consider one of Colorado’s greatest assets – our small businesses. Small businesses account for more than 95 percent of Colorado companies and are an important factor in our state’s economic health.
We urge you to show your thanks to the small businesses in your community by participating in Small Business Saturday this weekend on November 26. Buying your gifts and seasonal supplies from a local merchant not only helps support that business, but contributes to the local economy by circulating money close to home.
Thriving small businesses are a key component to a healthy community, and you can do your part by shopping locally whenever possible. You can learn more about Small Business Saturday and pledge to “Shop Small” on November 26 here. That page includes an interactive small business guide that allows you to search for businesses in your zip code.
You can also search for businesses by category or name using the Chamber’s online business directory.
Also this week, November 25 – December 2, is the 5th Annual Buy Local Week, which also promotes the idea of supporting local business. That week culminates in a celebration on December 2 with live music and an auction.
Finally, because it is the season of giving, we want to remind you that the second annual Colorado Gives Day is coming up on December 6. Coloradans donated $8.7 million to local nonprofits last year, and hundreds of charities will participate again this year. Take a look at the list and remember to give to your favorite nonprofit(s) on December 6.
From our Chamber family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.