SuperMedia announces its participation in this year’s Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local, independently owned small businesses. American Express, founding partner of Small Business Saturday, is preparing for the third annual initiative. In 2011, millions of consumers shopped at small businesses on Small Business Saturday. 1 SuperMedia recognizes the importance of supporting small business, the jobs they help create and the culture they instill in local communities. According to the Small Businesses Association, small businesses nationwide have accounted for 65 percent of net new jobs created over the past 17 years and represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms. GETTING INVOLVED IN SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY SuperMedia has created a Small Business Saturday page on Superpages.com to drive consumer traffic toward the event. The page includes a “Share a Story” section where consumers can write about their favorite small businesses, as well as links to Small Business Saturday blog posts and Twitter mentions. American Express has created a variety of ways to help raise awareness about the importance of supporting small businesses and motivate consumers to Shop Small®. Small business owners and their supporters can visit ShopSmall.com to take advantage of some of these tools, including:
- Free online advertising for qualifying small business owners2
- Social media tools to help local businesses spread the word about Small Business Saturday
- Personalized point-of-purchase materials for small business owners to show their involvement in the program
- Searchable maps where consumers can search for American Express Card accepting small businesses near them
ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAYNovember 24th marks the third annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around them country. Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers. More than 2.7 million Facebook users, 230 public and private organizations, 75 corporations and elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C. declared their support for Small Business Saturday last year. More than 500,000 small business owners leveraged an online tool or promotional materials for Small Business Saturday, 15,000 businesses signed up for free Facebook advertising to promote their products and services in the run up to Small Business Saturday. American Express is the founding partner of Small Business Saturday. 1 Based on 2011 Small Business Saturday consumer survey, by Echo Research, commissioned by American Express. 2 Eligibility restrictions apply. Ads are available while supplies of inventory last. See Terms and Conditions, available at ShopSmall.com/business-advertising, for complete details.