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Small Business Saturday in South Florida

Small Business Saturday

The shopping season is among us and what weekend tempts us to holiday shop the most? Of course it’s the weekend following Thanksgiving where there are crowded stores on Black Friday and lagging websites on Cyber Monday. But in between these important money-saving days is a day dedicated to small, local businesses.

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 29 this year and Fort Lauderdale is gearing up on providing deals to its holiday shoppers. Last year, American Social offered free dessert to exhausted shoppers and Lilac and Lilies Boutique made sure their holiday sale was in full bloom.

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Small Business Saturday was started in 2010 by American Express. American Express card members can register to get up to $30 back when they shop “small” on Small Business Saturday with their American Express card.

Daniel’s Antiques, Hoffman’s Chocolate and Zola Keller are on the list of participating locations this year.

Merchants don’t have to pay to participate. Those who want to sign up their business or shoppers looking for participating locations and to register their American Express card can do so by going to www.shopsmall.com.

The day boosts awareness for these shops in their surrounding neighborhoods. Small businesses in South Florida have become confident that their companies will grow and hire new employees in 2015. Of 300 business owners polled last month in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, 68 percent predicted their revenue will increase in the next year, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Last year, shoppers spent $5.7 billion at locally-owned shops and restaurants on Small Business Saturday, an increase of 3.6 percent from the previous year, according to a national survey by American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Below are five local organizations putting Small Business Saturday to use: 

C & I Studios

Come out at 6 p.m. and support small businesses at the Small Business Showcase in The Garden at C&I Studios. There will be beer pairing from The Riverside Market, a wine tasting and tons of vendors to splurge on.

541 NW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 33301

NSU Museum of Art

Shop with the Museum of Art and receive an extra 20 percent on previously reduced jewelry, buy one, get one free book sales and incredible savings on previous exhibition merchandise. While shopping, enjoy a two-for-one wine special in the Museum Cafe.

One East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 33301

McKay’s Marketing

McKay’s Marketing is hosting a Small Business Saturday Expo where vendors can reserve a space, enjoy entertainment, hear guest speakers and make new connections and customers. Entry is $5 and the event will be from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29.

5960 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, 33313

Festival Flea Market Mall

Festival Flea Market Mall will be having special events on Small Business Saturday. Come in through the food court and be treated with fresh coffee, hot chocolate and free bakery treats. Goodie bags will be given to the first 100 shoppers and if you purchase items from five or more stores, you will be treated to a special lunch menu by the Festival.

2900 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach, 33073

Blackstone Media Group

Blackstone Media Group will recognize small business owners with an all-day free roundtable discussion, consultation and Google Partners Connect webcast from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

5601 Powerline Road, Suite 205, Fort Lauderdale, 33309