Small Business Saturday: FREE Writing Guide

It’s Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving that is set aside each year to celebrate and support small businesses. We appreciate the love, but we hope that you support small businesses the rest of the year too.

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Why?

  • Nearly 80% of small businesses are self-employed individuals.^
  • Businesses with fewer than 5 employees make up 62% of all businesses in the U.S.*
  • Small businesses employ nearly half of the U.S. private workforce.`
  • Since 1995, small businesses have created 64% of net new jobs in the U.S.`

Who are small business owners? Your sister, father, cousin, landscaper, handyman, dog groomer, designer, accountant and friend. We live in your neighborhood, vote on local issues and help strengthen the local economy.

In honor of Small Business Saturday, we’re giving away a FREE writing guide, The Power of the Pen: 5 Steps to Writing That Produces Results

More people than ever are expected to write today (i.e. blogging, company newsletters, social media), but some people just aren’t comfortable with the written word. We hope this writing guide helps you become more comfortable with your craft and achieve the results you want.

Of course, some people would rather focus on what they do best and leave the writing, marketing or social media to someone else. If that’s you, we’d love to help. Let’s talk to see if we’d be a good fit for you.

Now let’s hit Main Street and support some small businesses today!

A proud small business owner,
Jaime

p.s. Let me know what you think of the writing guide!

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Sources:
^ NASE | * US Small Business Administration | ` Inc.

An Omnipresent View? The Life of a Small Business Owner

As I sit here and watch the conclusion of the Nets-Heat game, my thoughts keep drifting back to my business. It’s not for lack of excitement: this game, and especially the 4th quarter, has been a back-and-forth affair. In fact, I’m loving the view on TNT Overtime:

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Wouldn’t it be great if you had this type of dashboard for your business? I’m not talking about social media software but an overall sneak peek into the state of your business. Cameras focusing on different areas — key clients, where the action is, your cash flow, etc. — along with measuring fan excitement and the overall score. Oh, and the ability to pause (vacation, anyone?), rewind (eliminate a mistake before it happens) and fast forward (through a crappy day). Hey, I can dream, right?

While we don’t have an omnipresent dashboard view of our businesses, we do have resources at our disposal. This week is National Small Business Week, celebrated annually every year since 1963. If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, check out the following ways you can participate:

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

Whether or not you’re a small business owner, you can help! We can all shop small, and not just one day or week a year. Visit the Shop Small Map to check out dining, shopping, entertainment and other small biz options in your community or search online. (Social media is a great tool to search and gather feedback on small businesses you find.) As Business News Daily points out, it’s National Small Business Week, and you (yes, you!) should care.

Well, the game’s over (Heat won!), the tornado warning has expired and the flash flood warning is winding down. I guess I should wrap up this blog post; I’ve got a client meeting early this morning (before you’ll even read this post). Crank up the espresso machine…

p.s Looking for writing, marketing or social media help? This small business would love to help!

Small Business Owner, Writer, Driver & Janitor,
Jaime

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Shop Small, Support Your Community

It’s Small Business Saturday week, one of our favorite times of the year at CCC.

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, it’s celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which falls on November 30th this year. Think about this: over 50% of the working population (120 million individuals) works in a small business.^

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Small businesses are the heartbeat of our communities. They’re the corner stores that create jobs. The hardware stores that help build our economy. And the mom and pop shops whose very presence makes a neighborhood, your neighborhood.   –American Express

Drop in your neighborhood coffee shop for some hot brew, a homemade scone and the latest happenings. Get your car serviced at a local repair shop. Stop in that corner boutique you’ve been eyeing and pick up a nice gift. Let the small businesses in your community know that you support them.

I know that my neighborhood wouldn’t be the same without Angel Falls Coffee Company, Capri Pizza or Zack’s Fire & Ice. Who are your favorite mom & pop shops?

To maximize participation on this important day, American Express has created the Small Business Saturday map to help you locate where to shop. Are you an AMEX card member? Then register for a $10 credit when you shop small on November 30th. Hurry, registration is limited! Are you a fellow small business owner? Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in this great event.

Take $10 off new business this week at CCC. Support Small Business Saturday!

At CCC, we’re celebrating this week by offering you $10 off any new business. Whether you’re looking for a little marketing magic, social media savvy or writing wonder, check out our services. We’d love to help you find your voice and achieve your objectives. Contact us today to discuss your next project!

Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family, and remember to Shop Small this Saturday, November 30th.

What small businesses are you planning to support on Small Business Saturday?

If you’re a small business owner, feel free to leave a link to any special Small Business Saturday offers you’re running.

^Source: Forbes, “16 Surprising Statistics About Small Businesses”
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Remember to Shop Small,
Jaime

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