work to love

My sentiments exactly.

Many of the most amazing people I know are small business owners. Whether artists or musicians, inventors, shop owners or professionals, they all inspire me.

And I can attest to the fact that it takes a lot of courage to put one’s own ideas, creations, services and products out into the marketplace to be measured up against all others.

So I am excited to see that we are all getting some well-deserved attention through a new initiative called Small Business Saturday. American Express is sponsoring this event to encourage people to support their local small businesses.*SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

November 27, 2010 is the first-ever Small Business SaturdaySM.

FOUR REASONS TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS

1. For every $100 spent at local small businesses, $68 returns to the community.

2. Small businesses employ half of all private sector employees.

3. Small businesses represent 99.7% of all employer firms.

4. For every year over the last decade, 60-80% of new jobs were generated by small businesses.

So, this week, go ahead out and find some amazing deals at big box stores on Black Friday, but save some of your holiday shopping for Saturday. You won’t regret the personalized service, unique gift selection, and great feeling you get from supporting someone local and knowing that you are making a difference in your local community.

Here’s my tribute to Small Business Saturday:

A list of local small businesses I proudly frequent in the Twin Cities!

STORES/ONLINE SHOPS

Sewtropolis – Nikol Gianopolous, Owner

Bella Pamella – Pam Mariutto, Owner

Two Little Tots – Melissa Gruber, Owner

Dreamland/Lettergirl – Gina Sekelsky, Owner

Annie Bananie’s Junk Art – Annie Schilling, Owner

Shop in the City – 612.825.2808

PERSONAL CARE/ WELLNESS

Satori Boutique – Sheli Ginsburg, Owner

Salon Ori – AmberJean Hegge, Owner

Rue 48 Salon – Susan Johnson, Owner

Anna Dvorak Retreats, Classes & Skincare – Anna Dvorak, Owner

BodyPeace Massage – Marlene Larson, Owner

Rodan + Fields – Maggie Conway, Consultant

GIFTS

Silpada Designs – Taisa Diedrich, Consultant

Stella & Dot Jewelry – Liz Couchman, Stylist

Sweet Colleens – Jeremy Greenhouse, Dave Bade, Pete Sandvik, Dave Bille, and Wolf Loescher, Co-Owners

iSeeMe! Books – Jen Dewing, Author

Mittens by Mona – Ramona White, rjwhite@stthomas.edu

Willow House – Sheila Jacobson, Consultant

Write Away – Meredith Johnson and Sarah Graff, Co-Owners

Faith Family Style – Carol Garborg, Author

Love Usborne Books – Rachel Greenhouse, Consultant

Jeanne Beatrice – Laura Benson, Owner

Young Living/Lotus Living Essential Oils – Ginny Sutton, Consultant

Whole Life Nutrition – Colleen Welch, Health Counselor and Owner

Lucky Eliza – Shawnee Huie, Owner

PhotoCard Design – Renee Horsman, Owner

HOME/ GARDEN/ DECOR

The Cottage House

Tangletown Gardens

The Floral Studio – Bev Garden, floralstudio@hotmail.com

Bille Upholstery – Dave Bille, billeup@gmail.com

FOOD & DRINK

Crema Cafe/ Sonny’s Ice Cream – Carrie Gustafson, Owner

Local D’Lish – Ann Yin, Owner

Fat Lorenzo’s – Scott and Laura, Owners

HogsBack Farm CSA

Anodyne – Teresa is the Owner!

Lloyd Security – Jill Lloyd, Owner

Minnesalsa – Clyde, Owner – Available at Kowalskis

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Furthered Intentions – Jen Miller, Owner and Life Coach

Copperfield Chimney Sweeps – Victor Skelley, 612.379.0107

Nicollet Appliance Repair – (612) 823-2544

Mission Communicate – Tim Griffin, Owner

Noemi Photography – Noemi Hedrick, Owner

Cari Dugan Photography – Cari Dugan, Owner

Jacquelyn Senske Photography – Jacquelyn Senske, Owner

Accell Courier – Jeremy Hunt, Jonathan Thompson, Paul Budish, Owners

Clever Celebrations – Maggie Conway and Michael Hlavac, Owners

Share the love. Please post comments about your favorite small businesses too and like Small Business Saturday on Facebook!

* American Express will give those who register their American Express credit cards online a $25 credit for spending at least $25 at a local small business (the business must take American Express as payment) on Saturday November 27th. This offer is open to the first 100,000 people who enroll their credit card here.