On November 26, the 13th annual Small Business Saturday will take place across the nation. On this day, the Bowser Administration will celebrate and support our small and local businesses and the work they do in supporting our neighborhoods and communities. There are nearly 80,000 small businesses in the District.
In support of Small Business Saturday, the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is presenting the #iBuyDC Challenge this holiday season. This social media campaign is designed to encourage consumers to Shop Small®. The #iBuyDC Challenge allows residents and businesses to showcase how they support the local economy everyday while highlighting the local businesses they love to visit and challenge their friends and family to do the same to keep the challenge going.
DSLBD supports the development, economic growth, and retention of District-based businesses and promotes economic development throughout the District's commercial corridors.
“We have a choice, and I hope that you will shop small whenever you can this holiday season,” says DSLBD Director Kristi C. Whitfield. “I urge you to support local shops and restaurants on Small Business Saturday, as well as throughout the holiday season. Our support is vital to the longevity of our local businesses.”
With the #iBuyDC Challenge, residents and businesses can showcase how they support the local economy daily by highlighting the local businesses they love to visit and challenging their friends to do the same.
When you shop small, you support small businesses, which generate two out of three net new jobs and provide essential goods and services to D.C. residents.
Shopping locally is doing something big. So, remember, whether you "shop small" or "dine small," you are still doing your part to contribute to our robust economy.
More information about the #iBuyDC Challenge and other DSLBD initiatives can be found here. Also, visit Shopsmall.com to learn more about how to help support small businesses this holiday season.