‘Small Business Saturday’ gives local merchants a boost
Some 55 Coral Gables merchants participated in the third annual Small Business Saturday promotion on Nov. 24 when shoppers were encouraged to patronize their local, independently owned businesses.
American Express, the founding sponsor of Small Business Saturday, selected the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce to take the lead locally.
Joined by Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and Commissioner Frank Quesada, chamber leaders and business owners launched this year’s initiative at Gymboree Play & Music at the Village of Merrick Park.
Participants included Gymboree founder and President Coni Goudie; Books & Books founder and owner Mitchell Kaplan, who recently celebrated his store’s 30th anniversary; Kerem Kayser, general manager of the Village of Merrick Park; and Cindy Birdsill, the city’s economic sustainability director.
Chamber Chair Darla Thompson and Chamber President & CEO Mark Trowbridge presented a $2,500 check to the Coral Gables Community Foundation, represented by Executive Director Andria Hanley and Vice Chair & Treasurer Tony Rogers, to support small-business training programs.
In 2010 American Express launched Small Business Saturday in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: greater demand for their products and services. The date falls between the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping benchmarks.