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We Support Small Business Saturday – November 27, 2010

November 24, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

We Support Small Business Saturday November 27th by Jim SimsIt is that time of year that many of us will be out looking for deals for our holiday celebrations.

With this brings the long waited for Black Friday that big chain stores lure us into their doors for the blockbuster deals they can provide so we can buy more for our money.

While these deals are often hard to pass up and can boost the economy with many consumers shopping, we often forget about our local economy.

This year is different! The first ever Small Business Saturday will take place on November 27, 2010 all across America!

American Express is offering their registered customers a $25.00 statement credit when they spend $25.00 or more at a local business on Saturday. To be eligible, you must register your card by November 27.

Don’t have an American Express card? That’s OK! You will still benefit from shopping at an independently owned store by knowing you are supporting your local community.

When our small businesses are thriving and growing, we are able to attract more consumers and new small businesses to our community. The growth of multiple small businesses can allow the community benefits such as lower property taxes, higher home values, and more maintained streets.

All of us are always looking for the best use from our money and it is next to impossible to not shop at the big box stores and eat at the chain restaurants. While we can still pick up deals and savings, we can help do our part in the local economy growth by visiting stores owned by members of our community.

I urge each of you to find a locally owned business over this holiday season to help our local economy grow!

You can do it. Share your favorite local small businesses and don’t keep them or I  a secret. Happy Shopping.

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Jim Sims

Jim Sims is a licensed Realtor with McColly Real Estate. With a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Purdue University Calumet, he loves to leverage the best of today's technology to achieve his clients real estate goals. While Jim facilitates real estate needs throughout Northwest Indiana, he specializes in the Northern Porter County communities of Burns Harbor, Chesterton, Portage and Porter Indiana. Learn more about Jim and visit

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4 Responses to “We Support Small Business Saturday – November 27, 2010”
  1. I just registered my American Express and look forward to supporting local small business owners not only this Saturday, but everyday of the week. Here is a short list of some my favorite local small businesses:

    Valpo Velvet Shoppe – Valparaiso
    Uptown Cafe – Valparaiso
    Zao Island – Valparaiso
    Popolano’s Restaurant – Chesterton
    Little Saigon Noodle House – Merrillville
    5 Star Thai Restaurant – Schererville

    Small businesses are the catalyst to an economic recovery. My wife and son will definitely do their part in supporting these small businesses and more.

  2. Jim Sims says:

    American Express has extended their $25.00 credit for registered cards through December 31, 2010. So if you missed your opportunity this past Saturday, please continue to remember those small business that help build our communities!

  3. That’s great news for small businesses throughout Northwest Indiana and for the folks who really support our local economy. Shop Northwest Indiana and show your support!


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