Show your love for downtown Scottsdale on Small Business Saturday

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, a national program to encourage people to shop local. Small Business Saturday takes place Nov. 28.

Show your love for small business – celebrate by heading to downtown Scottsdale’s SouthBridge and 5th Avenue shops from noon to 9 p.m.

This family fun event will feature live music, art demonstrations, holiday carolers, sidewalk sales and a visit from a special guest – Santa!

Why shop small?

Dollars spent locally generate sales tax that supports municipal services residents count on — like police and fire protection, transportation, recreation programs and libraries. In Scottsdale, business and sales taxes account for 42 percent of all city revenues – more than $110 million last fiscal year, according to a press release.

Much of that comes from small locally-owned businesses represented at Small Business Saturday.

According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses make up:

  • 7 percent of U.S. employer firms
  • 64 percent of net new private-sector jobs
  • 2 percent of private-sector employment
  • 9 percent of private-sector payroll
  • 46 percent of private-sector output
  • 43 percent of high-tech employment
  • 98 percent of firms exporting goods
  • 33 percent of exporting value

Downtown Scottsdale is the ultimate destination for visitors and residents alike to enjoy art galleries, specialty retail, dining venues that range from casual to upscale, southwestern cultural attractions and an extraordinary nightlife.

The various walkable “neighborhoods” of downtown Scottsdale are hubs for the city’s arts and cultural scene. The city supports its downtown through printed guides and maps, a free downtown trolley system as well as promotion of a yearlong series of special events and festivals, the release stated.

Scottsdale small business can benefit from counseling and mentorship programs available at Scottsdale Eureka Loft and the assistance available from the Scottsdale Economic Development website .

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