With Small Business Saturday quickly approaching, WV SBDC business coach Sharon Stratton is determined to make the 10th annual Small Business Saturday a success. Since 2010, Americans have celebrated Small Business Saturday and an estimated 108 million consumers have shopped on Small Business Saturday, making it one of the most impactful days of the year for small business owners.
Small Business Saturday falls on Nov. 30 this year. The event was created to raise awareness of how important it is to support small businesses not only during the holiday season but year-round.
Did you know, small business enterprises employ a whopping 49.2% of the private workforce in West Virginia?
Our small businesses count on you, especially during the upcoming holiday season. The tenth annual Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 30 is your chance to show your local community support. Here’s how:
Morgantown was Josh Bennett’s home while he attended West Virginia University in 2006, but the distance between the college town and the farm he grew up on in Highland County, Virginia stretched further than the 150 miles of country roads separating the two locations. As far as Bennett was concerned, city living, and farm life were a world apart.
Bennett had a genuine passion for agriculture and couldn’t wait to get back to his roots once he finished studying horticulture at WVU.
“All I knew was that when I got out of college, I wanted work with agricultural products,” he said. “I wanted the agrarian lifestyle.”
Bennett only needed to find a way to make it all work.