Small Business Saturday

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Small Business Saturday shopping a boost to local economy

30 November 2013 | 1:22 pm CLIFTON PARK With a wealth of shopping opportunities starting Thanksgiving Day and continuing on into Black Friday, some business owners are reminding shoppers not to forget Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30. http://cnweekly.com/articles/2013/11/30/news/doc52964c73652e5277256582.txt

Small Business Saturday: Shop local

30 November 2013 | 1:17 pm Thousands of people will hit the stores once again on Saturday, but this time they won't be hitting the big chain stores in malls. http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/small-business-saturday-shoppers-hit-local-stores

A Day For Small Businesses To Stand Out In The Crowd

30 November 2013 | 12:44 pm Tucked between Grey Thursday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday. It's a designation invented by American Express, but it's becoming vital to small businesses around the country. http://www.npr.org/2013/11/30/247884840/a-day-for-small-businesses-to-stand-out-in-the-crowd?ft=1&f=1006

This Small Business Saturday, A Reminder | Whatever

30 November 2013 | 2:30 pm If you're in the US, you can get signed/personalized copies of my books for the holidays from my local bookstore (and small business), Jay & Mary's Book Center. Here are the details. I am going in today, in fact, to sign some  http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/11/30/this-small-business-saturday-a-reminder/

Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to spend at mom …

30 November 2013 | 12:27 pm Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to spend their holiday money at local mom-and-pop stores. American express started Small Business Saturday in part to help small retailers during the economic downturn. http://wgntv.com/2013/11/30/small-business-saturday-encourages-shoppers-to-spend-at-mom-and-pops-stores/

Metro Detroiters Urged To Shop Locally On Small Business Saturday

30 November 2013 | 3:00 am As shoppers flock to big-box stores and nationwide retailers, residents in Metro Detroit are being encouraged to shop locally on Saturday, Nov. 30. http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/11/29/metro-detroiters-urged-to-shop-locally-on-small-business-saturday/

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12 Responses to Small Business Saturday

  • Confused says:

    Should I Deliver Flower Arrangement For Husband’s Baby Mother? I run my husband’s family owned flower shop. We have been married for 2 years and he has a 3 year old with another lady. You do the math. My husband calls me after 5pm saying he needs a flower arrangement for funeral services the next morning. My husband works nights so he sleeps all day. He says when he woke up he seen all theses missed calls from the baby mother. When he returned the call she said she needed flowers. Now he expects me to go out of my way to make this arrangement and deliver it. We are a small business. I make and deliver arrangements on most Saturdays. So am I wrong If I say that I am not doing it? Why wouldn’t the Baby mother call and place an order at the shop like all the other customers? The shop is open from 10am-5pm. I would of had more time if she would have placed an order at a more reasonable time.

    • Curator says:

      Well, there is nothing that says you must supply a meal for baby shower guests, but some form of refreshment should be provided. Like a wedding, the time of day the baby shower is scheduled for will determine the appropriate menu. If funds are limited, plan a shower between regular meal times. Have a post breakfast, lunch or dinner shower and provide refreshments such as coffee, iced tea, lemonade, sherbet punch, or soft drinks with cake, finger food, etc. to keep costs down. The food menu does not need to be extensive, but should be existent. Remember, if you are friends with her other guests, you can also ask each guest to bring a dish which will definitely help stretch your shower budget.

    • Curator says:

      Hillary Clinton was on the Walmart board of directors.

      Democrats started NAFTA and free trade.

      Democrats have done nothing to stop NAFTA and the free trade policies that allow Walmart to import products from third world sweatshops tariff free.

      Democrats and Republicans have worked hand in hand to put U.S. workers in direct competition with foreign sweatshop workers who work and live in condtions that were outlawed 100 years ago in the USA. How can U.S. workers possibly compete with these workers, unless they give up the protections we have taken for granted for 100 years?

      America, this is the future they have in store for you:

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/fire-kills-at-least-112-workers-at-8-story-bangladesh-garment-factory-with-no-emergency-exits/2012/11/25/534d00a4-3768-11e2-9258-ac7c78d5c680_story.html
      Fire kills at least 112 workers at 8-story Bangladesh garment factory with no emergency exits
      November 25, 2012
      ‘DHAKA, Bangladesh — Fire raced up the floors of a garment factory in Bangladesh, killing at least 112 people, many of them trapped in the eight-story building with no emergency exits where they make clothes for major global retailers.

      ‘…12 more people died at hospitals after jumping from the building to escape…

      ‘The factory …makes products for Wal-Mart… Carrefour and IKEA…’

      http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/26/world/asia/bangladesh-fire-mourning/
      Bangladesh clothing factory fire comes amid preparations to mourn other deaths
      November 26, 2012
      ‘Local police said at least 10 people were injured in Uttara on Monday as they jumped from windows to flee the fire.

      ‘They said the fire began on the second floor, where a large quantity of fabric and yarn were stored, and it spread immediately to the fourth floor.

      ‘…thousands of workers from dozens of clothing factories at Ashulia took to the streets Monday morning to protest the deaths of their colleagues. The protesters blocked highway traffic and demonstrated for several hours.’

      This is our future, because this was our past:

      http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/snpim3.htm
      The Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire, 1911
      “On Saturday March 25, 1911 disaster struck. As the women approached the end of their workday, a small fire started in the cutting room on the eighth floor. It was 4:30 in the afternoon. Within minutes, flames fueled by loose cloth lying in innumerable piles engulfed the area and spread to the floors above. Panic spread with the flames and smoke. The women madly dashed to the exits only to find them locked. They furiously pounded on the doors to no avail. The one fire escape at the rear of the building collapsed, killing many and cutting off that route of escape. Some attempted to slide down the elevator cables only to lose their grip and fall to their deaths. Others, their clothes afire, jumped in groups from the top of the building or from open windows on the lower floors.

      “Firefighters arrived quickly but found their way to the building hindered by bodies lying in the street. Their ladders reached only to the sixth floor and their safety nets broke as they tried to catch groups of women jumping from the flaming building.”

      http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/snpim3.htm
      The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist sweatshop fire

      http://in-humanity.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/TriangleShirtwaist.jpg
      Bodies of victims litter the street March 25, 1911


      The Triangle Fire

      By forcing U.S. workers to compete directly with foreign sweatshop workers, they are inevitably forcing U.S. workers back into the sweatshops here in the USA.

      The wealthy always want sweatshops. They have them in the developing nations today. They had them 100 years ago in the USA. Now they want their sweatshops back here in the USA.

      Democrats and Republicans are working together to do the bidding of the ultra wealthy power elite, using mass unemployment to force U.S. born workers back into the sweatshops. They are using free trade to send jobs out of the country, and they are using H1B visas and illegal immigrant workers to soak up jobs here in this country, all to create a scarcity of jobs for U.S. born workers.

      Democrats and Republicans put on a public display of fighting over things, so they can set us to fighting amongst ourselves. Then while we’re occupied with issues like flag burning, abortion, and gun control, the politicians meet in secret to conspire against us behind our backs.

  • Luminous says:

    Who Is Doing This To Us? Don’t pretend you don’t know what i am talking about. i won’t give you any details. ok fine i’ll explain to you what i am talking about.
    This is what i am talking about:

    I don’t vote because there is enough knowledge and technology available that can be used to create a human paradise on earth but our leaders prefer to create wars and make people kill each other instead of working together to turn the world into a human paradise. Water, cellphones, electricity and medicine are supposed to be free and available to every human being in the world. In every election people elect a new leader and there never is a positive change, things stay the same or get worse. People should have an easy life and not struggle in order to survive. People shouldn’t collect cans in order to survive, the government has to create jobs for them. Housing is supposed to be free and people and their children shouldn’t be homeless after losing their jobs. People shouldn’t lose their jobs, they should have their employment until they retire. The job of our leaders is to stop all the hunger, poverty and misery that exist in the world but they are not doing that because they are selfish, they only think about themselves, their money and their power. They don’t care about you, me or your children. We have to fight this evil. There shouldn’t be a democratic party or a republican party, our leaders should use their knowledge and resources to work together to help every human being on this planet have a better life instead of competing against each other for power. It will continue to be this way because people think that the way they live is normal, they don’t know they can have a better life. And yes i am talking about a Human Paradise with free housing, free water, free electricity, free cellphones, jobs available for everyone and free medicine for all. It can be done.

    • Curator says:

      The answer is quite simple.

      Hillary Clinton was on the Walmart board of directors.

      Democrats started NAFTA and free trade.

      Democrats have done nothing to stop NAFTA and the free trade policies that allow Walmart to import products from third world sweatshops tariff free.

      Democrats and Republicans have worked hand in hand to put U.S. workers in direct competition with foreign sweatshop workers who work and live in condtions that were outlawed 100 years ago in the USA. How can U.S. workers possibly compete with these workers, unless they give up the protections we have taken for granted for 100 years?

      America, this is the future they have in store for you:

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/fire-kills-at-least-112-workers-at-8-story-bangladesh-garment-factory-with-no-emergency-exits/2012/11/25/534d00a4-3768-11e2-9258-ac7c78d5c680_story.html
      Fire kills at least 112 workers at 8-story Bangladesh garment factory with no emergency exits
      November 25, 2012
      ‘DHAKA, Bangladesh — Fire raced up the floors of a garment factory in Bangladesh, killing at least 112 people, many of them trapped in the eight-story building with no emergency exits where they make clothes for major global retailers.

      ‘…12 more people died at hospitals after jumping from the building to escape…

      ‘The factory …makes products for Wal-Mart… Carrefour and IKEA…’

      http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/26/world/asia/bangladesh-fire-mourning/
      Bangladesh clothing factory fire comes amid preparations to mourn other deaths
      November 26, 2012
      ‘Local police said at least 10 people were injured in Uttara on Monday as they jumped from windows to flee the fire.

      ‘They said the fire began on the second floor, where a large quantity of fabric and yarn were stored, and it spread immediately to the fourth floor.

      ‘…thousands of workers from dozens of clothing factories at Ashulia took to the streets Monday morning to protest the deaths of their colleagues. The protesters blocked highway traffic and demonstrated for several hours.’

      This is our future, because this was our past:

      http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/snpim3.htm
      The Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire, 1911
      “On Saturday March 25, 1911 disaster struck. As the women approached the end of their workday, a small fire started in the cutting room on the eighth floor. It was 4:30 in the afternoon. Within minutes, flames fueled by loose cloth lying in innumerable piles engulfed the area and spread to the floors above. Panic spread with the flames and smoke. The women madly dashed to the exits only to find them locked. They furiously pounded on the doors to no avail. The one fire escape at the rear of the building collapsed, killing many and cutting off that route of escape. Some attempted to slide down the elevator cables only to lose their grip and fall to their deaths. Others, their clothes afire, jumped in groups from the top of the building or from open windows on the lower floors.

      “Firefighters arrived quickly but found their way to the building hindered by bodies lying in the street. Their ladders reached only to the sixth floor and their safety nets broke as they tried to catch groups of women jumping from the flaming building.”

      http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/snpim3.htm
      The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist sweatshop fire

      http://in-humanity.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/TriangleShirtwaist.jpg
      Bodies of victims litter the street March 25, 1911


      The Triangle Fire

      By forcing U.S. workers to compete directly with foreign sweatshop workers, they are inevitably forcing U.S. workers back into the sweatshops here in the USA.

      The wealthy always want sweatshops. They have them in the developing nations today. They had them 100 years ago in the USA. Now they want their sweatshops back here in the USA.

      Democrats and Republicans are working together to do the bidding of the ultra wealthy power elite, using mass unemployment to force U.S. born workers back into the sweatshops. They are using free trade to send jobs out of the country, and they are using H1B visas and illegal immigrant workers to soak up jobs here in this country, all to create a scarcity of jobs for U.S. born workers.

      Democrats and Republicans put on a public display of fighting over things, so they can set us to fighting amongst ourselves. Then while we’re occupied with issues like flag burning, abortion, and gun control, the politicians meet in secret to conspire against us behind our backs.

  • Kenneth says:

    Are Unpaid Mandatory Meetings Legal? What To Do? I am an hourly paid employee at a fast food restaurant. Every few months my managers will call for several hour long “Mandatory” Saturday morning meetings. These meetings are unpaid, and the punishment for not attending are cut hours and possibly write ups.
    Is this legal in Texas? Googling it I’ve seen people say that hourly employees must be paid for meetings, but I cannot find anything official.
    Really, I’m unsure of how to handle this situation and am afraid of retribution for “rocking the boat” but as a full time college student I really can’t afford this waste of time.
    Any advice?
    I have another meeting on the 23rd of this month.

    • Curator says:

      If it is mandatory they must pay you for the time
      see:
      http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs22.pdf

      if this is a small operation mom and pop type restaurant and you complained and/or “rocked the boat” you would have some protections but even though you would be protected they may cut your hours and use the reason of your availability or sales fluctuations or job performance as the reason why, and you would have to be ready to fight them to prove otherwise…. are you willing to put forth that effort?

      if this is a larger business, a corporate store of large franchisee you need to TALK to the district manager about this. corporate stores and larger franchisees do not want to have problems with the labor department and they are very particular about managers following labor laws… TALK to the district manager or whomever is the supervisor for this restaurant (above the general manager) they will work to resolve this issue for you and will protect you.
      if they DM or above does not address this then contact the Texas Workforce Commission or the US Department of Labor.
      TWC at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/customers/jsemp/employee-rights-laws.html
      US DoL at http://www.dol.gov/compliance/

    • Curator says:

      10- One rupee

      one rupee

      In India, the traditional gift to give at weddings and other auspicious occasions in money. However, the amount of money presented should always end in 1. It should not be an even number. It is considered auspicious to add one rupee to the amount you want to present. This is the reason why wedding envelopes come ready-made with a one rupee coin on them. This is also the reason why people offer ‘gyarah rupaye ka prasad’ or an offering of eleven rupees at temples. This superstition has its basis in religious beliefs. The extra rupee is said to bring good luck!

      9- Lemon and chillies charm
      lemon chilli
      It is so common to find a string of lemons and chillies hanging on the doorway of shops, offices and homes. Doing this is supposed to ward off the evil eye and bring in good luck. People usually thread one lemon along with seven chillies. This ‘totka’ is said o bring prosperity. It is changed every Friday. It is also believed that if one steps on one of the discarded totkas, one invites the evil influence that the charm has gathered. The idea behind hanging such a charm is that it keeps away ‘Alakshmi’ or the goddess of poverty who is considered inauspicious in Hindu mythology. Alakshmi is said to like sour and spicy things, so the lemon and chillies satisfy her and she does not enter the home or the establishment. In a way then, this charm is also a sort of appeasement to a goddess.

      8- Peepal Trees

      peepal tree

      A lot of superstitious beliefs in our country are centered around various trees and plants. One such superstition is that peepal trees are the abode of ghosts and spirits. To avoid these malevolent ghosts and spirits, one must avoid resting under a peepal tree at night. The legendary ‘Munja’ ghost is also believed to reside in the peepal tree. The idea behind this popular superstition could be that peepal trees give out a lot of carbon dioxide at night, and hence standing underneath them could be potentially dangerous to one’s health. So widespread is this belief, in fact, that Ruskin Bond even wrote a brilliant short story with reference to it. It is the story of a ‘pret’ or ghost who leaves his peepal tree and enters the house.

      7- Saturdays

      saturday

      Poor Saturday seems to be a day that seems to bear the brunt of all things inauspicious. In Hindi, Saturday is called “Shanivaar” or the day of Shani Dev. Hindus generally live under the fear of his planet Shani or Saturn. Anyone born under the influence of this planet is destined to live a life of bad-luck, according to Hindu belief. This is perhaps why the day named after this deity is considered inauspicious for engaging in monetary matters or venturing on a new business. Saturdays are also considered inauspicious for conducting social functions like marriages. A lot of people even avoid day to day activities like cutting their nails and buying certain items on this day. In fact, the superstitions associated with Saturday have given birth to a saying in Marathi- Naakartyaacha Vaar Shanivaar. This literally means ‘Saturday, the day of hopeless people’

      6- ‘Nazar utarna’

      nazar utarna

      The phrase ‘nazar utarna’ is a phrase in Hindi which literally translates into ‘getting rid of the effects of the evil eye.’ In India, it is believed that the ‘evil eye’ can cause damage to the person towards whom it turns. The effects of the evil eye may range from general bad luck to ill health and other problems. This is why, a lot of the superstitions in our country originated in an effort to ward off the evil eye. One such method which is said to counteract the effect of the evil is putting a small spot of kajal on the forehead or behind the ear of children. This is done even to people who look exceptionally attractive. The elders of the family put a small spot of lampblack or of kajal on the forehead to the child. The logic behind this process of ‘nazar utarna’ is that doing so makes the child in question look ugly, and therefore unattractive to the ‘evil eye.’

      5- Eye twitching

      eye twitching

      Eye twitching or a temporary spasm in one or both eyes is something that almost all of us have experienced at one point or the other. The plethora of superstitions that revolve around this phenomenon, however, is astounding.

      -Right eye twitching is good for men

      -Left eye twitching is good for women

      -Eye twitching signifies that somebody is about to arrive

      -Right eye twitching is a bad omen/ Left eye twitching is a bad omen

      The superstitions surrounding eye twitching are so many and so varied depending upon where you are, it is almost impossible to list them all.

      4- Widows are unlucky

      widows

      This is perhaps one of the saddest superstitions still prevalent in India. The deeply embedded patriarchy in our country found one more way to assert its superiority over the ‘weaker sex’ by delegating widows as unlucky and inauspicious. Widows are not allowed to remarry, they must always wear white, they must not wear jewelry, not participate in festivities and so on and so forth. The social stigma of being a widow in India is a comment upon the way the mindset of our country still functions. Widowers, on the other hand, face no such social constraints. It is even considered unlucky to see a widow while going out- it might signify that the work you are going out for will not be completed successfully. The superstitions regarding widows are evidently wide and many, and need to be addressed.

      3- Cutting Nails and Washing Hair

      cut nails

      Again, there are a huge number of superstitions that surround these two simple daily activities. And they’re also very common in most households. According to some beliefs, one must not cut one’s nails on a Saturday or Tuesday. It is also bad luck to wash one’s hair on a Saturday or a Thursday. I remember my own Grandmother scolding me for washing my hair on Saturdays (it is really such a convenient day for washing hair). Moreover, one must not cut one’s nails after sunset. The origin of this belief could be that in sweeping away the cut nails in the darkness, one could inadvertently sweep away small valuables because of poor visibility (Not sweeping after dark is also a superstition in India) One almost funny superstition associated with washing hair is that a student must never wash his/her hair before an exam. Doing so will ensure that everything the student has learned will be washed away. I’m sure, however, that many students will actually refrain from doing the same after reading this, just to be on the safer side.

      2- Menstruation Myths

      menstruation

      In India, menstruating women are considered impure and unclean. This, of course, gives rise to many superstitious beliefs. In fact, it is such a taboo for a woman to be menstruating that people don’t even refer to the natural phenomenon by its name. It is instead called as ‘being down’ or ‘chumming.’ Women who are menstruating are not allowed to enter the kitchen. They are also supposed to stay away from temples, mosques and all religious spots in the house itself. A woman on her period is not allowed to perform regular household duties like cooking food. Some might argue that the reason behind this superstition is scientific, and that a woman menstruating loses a lot of blood and thus becomes weak and must refrain from strenuous activities. Others claim that there is nothing scientific in this belief and it is just another superstition created to subordinate the position of women in society. I, personally, am inclined to agree with the latter.

      1- Eclipses

      eclipse

      This one seems to be a favourite of superstition-makers. Solar eclipses have traditionally been linked to a lot of superstitions in India. One must not venture out during an eclipse, since it is believed that the Sun is swallowed up by the demon. Pregnant women, especially, must stay indoors in order to ensure that their babies are not born with any deformities. In fact, pregnant women are often not allowed to sew or cut vegetables during an eclipse. Some families avoid cooking and eating altogether during an eclipse. On the other hand, some people believe that it brings good luck to bathe in holy water bodies during or after an eclipse. Astrologers often have a field day during eclipses predicting death, doom and gloom in store. However, the reason behind some of these superstitions can be scientific. For example, one should actually avoid going out during an eclipse in order to keep away from the harmful UV rays.

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