Saturday, November 24, 2012
Just what is Small Business Saturday, and why should you support it in Lilburn?
Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves. What about those mom-and-pop businesses all over PATCH TOWN and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day? That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born. Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website. American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its third …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
City of Lilburn officials are offering holiday crime tips -- good to use all the time -- for residents as they gear up for the busiest shopping time of the year.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Saturday, November 17, 2012
(Editor's Note: Re-printed with permission from the city of Lilburn. This article is included in the city's winter newsletter.) With the holidays rapidly approaching, our thoughts turn to buying, giving and receiving gifts, visiting friends and family, and sharing delightful culinary experiences. However, there are others whose thoughts are occupied with unattended houses or apartments, distracted shoppers with extra cash in a purse or wallet, or the next con job in the name of Christmas charity. Statistics show that crime usually increases during and after the holiday season. The reason is very simple: more people with more cash, gifts, gift cards and other valuables are out and about, which presents more opportunities for the criminal …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Small business owners offer tips for growing your business and offering more services to expand their business and clients.
There are numerous small businesses in Lilburn, and when starting one or expanding it can be a rather daunting process. Small business owner Linda Fuller is no stranger to starting a business from the ground up. In her recent interview with Patch Partners, a website connecting business owners to Patch in local communities, she offers insight into how she expanded her business’s services from just flowers to wine, beer and gourmet gift baskets at Lake Anne Florist in Reston, Va. Homework must be done first, she said. “Research what’s compatible with your own products and services, what the current trends are and what your competition is doing.” -- What tips do you have? What do you find challengingm in Lilburn? -- Melissa Baxter, owner of …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
How do you do you do your shopping for Christmas gifts?
Every year there is an increased drive to get shoppers into stores. Black Friday now gets an early start on Thanksgiving Thursday, Buy Local campaigns push Small Business Saturday shopping and technology and social media sites encourage Cyber Monday logins. The message is clear - shop early and shop often. So what is your shopping style for the holidays? Will you be shopping off your Thanksgiving meal on Thursday or Friday, supporting the small businesses in your area on Saturday or is the computer your preferred shopping mall on Cyber Monday? There are, of course, the traditional procrastinators too. Are you one of those shoppers found at the local drug store just before closing time on Christmas Eve? Let us know how you expect to get …
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Lilburn. -- TELL US: What small businesses do you patronize in Lilburn and what makes them great? Share in the comments below. -- "I believe it's important to shop locally because it creates a stronger business community and economy," said …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong gives advice to small business owners via Patch Partners.
There are many small businesses in Lilburn. Some of them may be places you and your family frequent, businesses that have been in Lilburn for as long as you can remember. And some may be your go-to places instead of national chains. AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong may stand behind a global brand, but he believes in the power of small businesses. In his recent interview with Patch Partners, a website connecting business owners to Patch in local communities, he offered his insight into what can set a small business above the rest of the competition. Small businesses can hold a lot of power if they are intuitive with their customer base, Armstrong said. “Small businesses can be nimble and can have intimate relationships with their …