photos by Charlie London
Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Broad Community Connections, WWOZ 90.7 FM, and the Stay Local krewe along with Soul NOLA Brass Band danced their way to four trailblazing businesses on historic Bayou Road. Plus, Brandan “BMike” Odums, the artist behind Exhibit Be, unveiled his latest piece honoring community roots and local businesses.
Shop Small Santa handed out swag including gift certificates to some of our favorite local shops and NOLA ChristmasFest tickets!
Once again, Small Business Saturday was a day to remember.
Thank you for coming out to Shop Small® and showing your love for the
small businesses in our community.
StayLocal is Greater New Orleans’ Independent Business Alliance that connects locally-owned, independent business to customers, resources and each other. StayLocal is devoted to raising the visibility and viability of the locally owned, independent New Orleans businesses because StayLocal believes that New Orleans’ independent businesses are the backbone of the city’s culture, economy and character.
What StayLocal Does
STAYLOCAL CONNECTS NEW ORLEANS RESIDENTS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES
STAYLOCAL aims to both educate consumers on the importance of supporting locally-owned businesses and connect them with local businesses. StayLocal certified every business listed on their site as “certified locally owned and independent” so if you spot a business displaying our decal, you can be sure they’re local.
Are you looking for a local business that sells or provides ____? Shoot them an email, and they’ll provide you with a list of locally owned options.
Thousands of local businesses are featured on the StayLocal website, in their annual Guide to Being Local, and in their neighborhood guides. StayLocal also promotes what’s going on with local New Orleans businesses online through their social media network (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter).
StayLocal helps local businesses by securing all sorts of special offers, such as discounted advertising rates, co-op ads and more.
This includes advertising discounts in some of New Orleans’ most popular publications, member-to-member discounts, and “low-bono” legal services from Loyola University Law School’s Incubator Program.
STAYLOCAL DESIGNS WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
StayLocal helps local businesses run a better business and connect with fellow entrepreneurs through workshops and networking events.
STAYLOCAL CONNECTS BUSINESSES WITH RESOURCES
Consider StayLocal your very own Corporate HQ, the organization that’s in your corner. StayLocal regularly distributes pertinent resources and opportunities to the businesses in our network. If you need a hand finding the right service provider for your business, or you’re running issues that require help with City Hall, or anything else, StayLocal is here to do whatever they can to help.
STAYLOCAL ADVOCATES FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
They’re policy advocates for local New Orleans businesses at all levels of government. Click here, here and here for a few of our most recent examples. If you’re a local business running into an issue (either policy or non-policy), their door is open.
There’s no time like the present to STAYLOCAL in New Orleans!
Next time you shop, use their searchable local business directory to connect with locally-owned and independent businesses.