Kentucky Main Street Program reminding shoppers to Shop Small as holiday gift-buying season begins

Small Business Saturday has quickly become synonymous with the first Saturday after Thanksgiving as a means to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses. This national Shop Small marketing campaign also coincides with holiday events and activities already planned in many Kentucky Main Street (KYMS) communities. “Small Business Saturday reminds us that during one of the busiest spending...

Celebrate a Dickens of a Christmas Small Business Saturday event in Historic Downtown Paducah

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, historic downtown Paducah will be bustling with holiday shoppers and Christmas cheer. On November 25, enjoy the Dickens of a Christmas Small Business Saturday event organized by Paducah Main Street, a division of the Paducah Planning Department. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., downtown Paducah will be transformed into a Dickens atmosphere with free Victorian carriage...

Kick off your holiday gift buying and ‘shop small’ with Georgetown’s Small Business Saturday Nov. 25

Shop small and celebrate your community with the small businesses that make it special – this is the mission of Small Business Saturday, a promotion launched by American Express in 2010 to encourage people across the country to support small, local businesses. With dozens and dozens of independently-owned shops and boutiques, galleries and restaurants – many located in its picturesque Victorian-era...

BBB Trends: Be an ‘involved’ shopper, support your local small business on Small Business Saturday

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Somewhere in a bustling little store sits that unique, last-minute item that would perfectly round out your holiday shopping list. Small Business Saturday – the day after Black Friday – is a perfect time to stop in and support your local independent business retailers that sell specialized, unexpected pieces. Local economies and small businesses thrive...

Small Business Spotlight: Shopping small on Nov. 28 – and every day – good for America’s communities

“Shopping small is a concrete way to support small businesses – the same small businesses that generate 67 percent of net new jobs and deliver products and services to America’s communities year-round.” — Cassius F. Butts, regional administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration First there was Black Friday, followed by Cyber Monday. Then, in 2010, the first Small Business Saturday...

LexWhatWear: This gift guide lets you shop till you drop – without ever leaving home

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Shopping for the holidays can be stressful, but it can also be fun and rewarding. For me, shopping is ALWAYS fun! So leave it to LexWha Wear to help start your holiday shopping off on the right foot with my Holiday Gift Guide.   Shop The Monogram Gift Guide here     Shop The Watch Gift Guide here     Shop The Plaid Scarf Gift Guide...

‘Shop small’ efforts, including Small Business Saturday, are helping revitalize downtowns

First there was Black Friday, followed by Cyber Monday. Then, in 2010, the first Small Business Saturday took place the first weekend after Thanksgiving – and today it has grown into a national movement in support of small businesses and the shop small movement, a grassroots effort to drive shoppers to local merchants.   This year, Small Business Saturday will be Nov. 29, the highlight of many...

Lex What Wear: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday – here we come!

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   After a few years working in retail and eCommerce, I’d like to think I’m pretty knowledgable about the sport of shopping. Yes, it is a sport – and getting in plenty of practice and following a game plan make you that much better at it!   (Photo from visitlex.com) Although I’ve had to check myself into shoppers anonymous and won’t...

Small Business Saturday coming two days after Thanksgiving; two-thirds offer sales

The eStore and Tech Shop at 243 West Court St. in Prestonsburg is a member of the National Federation of Independent Businesses and says they’re the only eBay consignment store in the region. They are open during Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30. (Photo provided)   Tom Underwood, Kentucky state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, said this coming Small Business Saturday...