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Nov. , 2014
NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network Encourages Consumers to "Shop Small"
HCC Small Business Center to host reception, Nov. 25
WELDON, N.C. – With the holiday shopping season around the corner, the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN) encourages you to #ShopSmall by supporting local small businesses. Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® has quickly become a nationally recognized day to support your local independent merchants with the power of your dollar.

"Consumers experience multiple advantages in shopping locally–quality goods and services, competitive pricing and excellent customer service–which often lead to a more enjoyable shopping experience while supporting the local charm of Main Street America," said Halifax Community College (HCC) Small Business Center Director Jerry Edmonds III.

In fact, the HCC Small Business Center in partnership with Main Street Roanoke Rapids will host a reception for local businesses in celebration of Small Business Saturday. The reception will be held at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 25 in Building 400, Room 401 A/B. The event is free and open to the public.

Small Business Saturday® was founded by American Express in 2010 as a day to celebrate local businesses through the launch of the holiday shopping season. The day has since grown into a powerful movement in support of local small businesses that make our community unique.

Main Street Roanoke Rapids Director Christina Caudle added, "Studies have proven time and time again that dollars spent locally stay local. In fact, both Civic Economics and New Economics Foundation Studies have shown that every dollar spent at a locally owned business generates two-to-four times the economic development impacts of a dollar spent on an equivalent non-local business."

Consumer spending with independent merchants during the 2013 Small Business Saturday® neared $5.7 billion according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). A recent forecast by consulting and financial advising firm Deloitte, US indicates that holiday shopping sales are expected to increase by as much as 4.5 percent in the 2014 season, with sales expecting to total between $981 and $986 billion.

"Small Business Saturday is significant as one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. As Main Street businesses are the fabric of our daily lives, we can give local entrepreneurs the ability to create jobs and boost the economy," said Small Business Administration (SBA) North Carolina District Director Lynn Douthett. "Find out how you can participate at www.sba.gov/smallbusinesssaturday."

Sixty million workers in the United States are employed by small business, accounting for approximately half of the private sector workforce. The SBA reports that small businesses were also the driving force for 63 percent of new net private sector jobs created between 1993 and mid-2013. Furthermore, in the state of North Carolina, 47 percent of the workforce is employed in a small business setting.

Small Business Saturday® is our opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to our community. The SBCN encourages you to use the power of your dollar to #ShopSmall on Nov. 29 and help make a lasting impact in the place you call home.

For more information, contact HCC Small Business Center Director Jerry Edmonds III at 252-536-7274 or email jedmonds080@halifaxcc.edu. The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. The SBCN assists in the establishment of more than 650 businesses each year. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90 percent of all N.C. counties, including helping to create and retain more than 3,000 jobs annually.
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239