Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® has quickly become a nationally recognized day to support local independent merchants and restaurants with the power of local dollars.

Small Business Saturday® was founded by American Express in 2010 as a day to celebrate local businesses through the holiday shopping season. The day has since grown into a powerful movement in support of local small businesses every day and everywhere.

“Small Business Saturday is a celebration of local businesses,” says Allan Younger, director of the Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech.  “I am privileged to work with so many outstanding small business owners. Their commitment and ability to provide great customer service is strengthened by their personal connection to our community.”

According to American Express, 2018 U.S. consumers reported spending of an estimated $17.8 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on the day to #shopsmall, Small Business Saturday®.

“Our community is rich with local businesses and entrepreneurs, some of whom got their start at Forsyth Tech,” said Forsyth Tech President Janet Spriggs. “We encourage shoppers to remember to support local businesses on Small Business Saturday to continue to invest locally for small business success.”

Small Business Saturday® is a chance to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to communities. Forsyth Tech’s Small Business Center encourages shopping local and shopping small, November 30.  Help make a lasting impact in the place you call home, #shopsmall Small Business Saturday®.

Thinking about starting a business in Forsyth County or growing an existing business? Take advantage of the programs, services, and resources provided by the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center. The NC Community College’s Small Business Center Network facilitates an economic impact in 90 percent of all NC counties each year and ranks number one in the U.S. for total business seminars and participants. In addition, the network helps start an average of over 700 businesses every year and works to create and retain 3,800 jobs annually for North Carolina. Visit for more information.