Why Shopping Small is so Important

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Shop small is more than merely a catch phrase.

 

When you choose to spend your holiday dollars with a small business, you empower people, families, and communities in ways that Amazon or Target can’t touch. Here’s how…

 

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SIX REASONS TO SHOP SMALL THIS HOLIDAY

 

 

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  • You foster a more sustainable economy. According to the SBA, big businesses have eliminated 4 million jobs since 1990, while small businesses added 8 million jobs within that same time period. Small businesses are more likely to be people-oriented, more likely to be community-oriented, and more likely to support local causes.

 

  • You support the creation of greater diversity. When you spend money with local, independent businesses, those businesses tend to hire people who represent the demographics of the surrounding community, including historically underserved populations. And it’s not just diversity of people, but a diversity of product, too. Local shops are more likely to carry a varied selection, and local artisans create goods that represent their culture.

 

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  • You build a stronger community. A series of studies by the research firm Civic Economics found that 48 percent of purchases at local independent businesses go right back into the community, compared to less than 14 percent of sales made at chain stores. Supporting small businesses means that the community you call home receives the tax benefits, providing a deeper well of funds for spending on public services like education, libraries, fire protection, road and park improvements.

 

  • You enjoy better customer service. Small businesses deliver more personable, hands-on, and memorable customer service. They take pride in serving their people and deeply desire to connect with you.

 

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Shop small this weekend with LBU Alumni

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This weekend kicks off the busy, crazy season that is known as Holiday Shopping season. To celebrate, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite businesses (spoiler alert! They are all members of my LBU Alumni Coaching Community) who are offering some pretty sweet deals over Black Friday, Small Business Saturday + Cyber Monday.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving by being thankful and eating your fair share of turkey, mashed potatoes and pie, and then enjoy these special savings curated just for you.

 

Bath & Body

Burly Stone

Offer: Enjoy free shipping on all orders and a free Woodsman Solid Cologne (value $23) with orders over $100!

Valid Dates:  Friday, November 27th – Monday, November 30th

Code: No code needed; offer automatically applied at checkout.

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Cindy’s Suds

Offer:  Enjoy free shipping plus a free lip balm with every purchase.

Valid Dates: Friday, November 27th – Monday, November 30th

Code: shipfree

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Comfort & Joy Apothecary

Offer: Shop this weekend and receive 15% off of  your entire order!

Valid Dates: Friday, November 27th – Tuesday, December 1st

Code: HOLIDAYJOY15

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The Great Lakes Natural Soap Company

Offer: From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, The Great Lakes Natural Soap Company will be doing Free US Ground Shipping on all orders over $49. We are also offering a Free Gift with every purchase (a full-size bar of Natural Glycerin Soap) over $25.00.

Valid Dates: Friday, November 27th – Monday, November 30th

Code: SHIPFREE

 

 

Handcrafted Honey Bee

Offer: All orders with purchases over $25 qualify for a free gift from 11/27-11/30!

  • Purchases $25-$49.99 will get a FREE deodorant ($10 value)
  • Purchases $50-$99.99 will get a FREE lip gloss kit ($21 value)
  • Purchases $100 and over will get a FREE party sized Smooth & Silky Lip Balm Kit (value $44)

Valid Dates: Friday, November 27th – Monday, November 30th

Code: No code needed; offer automatically applied at checkout.

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Rachel’s Plan Bee

Offer:  All orders over $49 will receive the following gift ($14 value – limited quantities available):

  • (2) FREE Lip Balms
  • (1) FREE Bee Cream Mini

Valid Dates: Friday, November 27th (through 11:59pm CT)

Code: FREEGIFT49 (enter in comment section at checkout to receive your gift)

 

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Offer:  All orders over $100 will receive the following gift ($39 value – limited quantities available):

  • (1) FREE Mini Collection Gift Set – includes all the Minis

Valid Dates: Friday, November 27th (through 11:59pm CT)

Code: FREEGIFT100 (enter in comment section at checkout to receive your gift)

Please note: Limit one gift per order. All orders $49+ qualify for free shipping. No code required.

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RedBud Suds

Offer:  Enjoy 25% off of select scents.

Valid Dates: Friday, November 27th  – Monday, November 30th

Code: No code needed; offer automatically applied at checkout.

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Wonderland Organics

Offer:  Looking for the perfect moisturizer that keeps your skin supple and hydrated this winter? Wonderland Organics offers natural skincare products with sustainable ingredients that are tailored for sensitive skin types. Get 20% off our whimsical + natural skincare product line.

Valid Dates: Friday, November 27th  – Sunday, November 29th

Code: LBC20

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Zandra

Offer: Enjoy one of our four specially priced offers:

  • 4 liquid soaps for $35
  • The Zandra Collection, for $50
  • 3 scrubs for $30
  • The Complete Artisan Bar Collection, for $40

Valid Dates: Friday, November 27th  – Monday, November 30th

Code: No code needed; offer automatically applied at checkout.

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Paper & Gift

Everything Little Miss

Offer:   Enjoy a free 5×7 USA print  with orders over $25; an 8×10 USA print included with orders over $50.

Valid Dates: Friday, November 27th  – Monday, November 30th

Code: No code needed; offer automatically applied at checkout.

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Print Therapy

Offer:  Enjoy 25% off of all in-stock inventory. Want to save 40%? Join our newsletter for your special offer!

Valid Dates: Saturday, November 28th, valid while supplies last!

Code: HELLONEW

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Sparklefly Candle Company

Offer:  Enjoy free shipping on all orders from Black Friday through Cyber Monday

Valid Dates: Friday, November 27th  – Monday, November 30th

Code: No code needed; offer automatically applied at checkout.

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Happy shopping! And thank you for supporting small businesses this holiday season.