“Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all great opportunities to shop locally,” says Colleen Almeida Smith, executive director of the Tulsa Small Business Connection at the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “Spending your money with local retailers gives you an opportunity to connect with small business owners and boost the Tulsa-area economy.
“In addition, sales tax revenue pays for important government services, such as police officers and firefighters, as well as parks and street improvements. Not only are you investing in local businesses, you are investing in our region. That’s a win-win for everyone.”
Tulsa has specific plans to celebrate Small Business Saturday in the downtown area. “Small businesses make up the vast majority of our retail environment in downtown, and it’s important they are supported by our community,” says Brian Kurtz, executive director of the Tulsa Downtown Coordinating Council.
This year — the second year the Council has partnered with local businesses to create promotional material for the sales holiday — Kurtz says Tulsans will see a more comprehensive marketing push for the downtown business community. Kurtz also promises visitors prizes for participating in local shopping events on Small Business Saturday.
Black Friday — Nov. 29
The launch of the Christmas shopping season, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. Retailers of all sizes — physical and online — begin significant sales that sometimes only last these 24 hours. This means crowded stores and long lines.
Small Business Saturday — Nov. 30
Though Black Friday is usually connected with large department stores, this holiday celebrates the little guy. Begun in 2010, Small Business Saturday hopes to see you in line at mom-and-pops, rather than Walmart, and many small businesses host sales on this day to capitalize.
Cyber Monday — Dec. 2
A term coined in 2005, this shopping holiday has celebrated online retailers — from local producers to giants like Amazon — who offer sweeping online sales and discounts. Try looking beyond Amazon for this one. Check your favorite store’s social media accounts for their deals.
Giving Tuesday — Dec. 3
A sobering contrast to the commercialism of the prior three days, Giving Tuesday has encouraged U.S. charitable giving since 2012. Donations here usually take place online, so head to the website of your local or national charity of choice and add to the millions of dollars that are donated on this day each year.