Small Business Saturday

The San Juan College Small Business Development Center (SBDC), together with San Juan Local First, invites Black Friday shoppers to take part in Small Business Saturday, November 24.

Small Business Saturday (SBS) encourages consumers to shop with local businesses during that day. SBS was created in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need — more customers.

The ultimate goal is to put more dollars back into small businesses and the local economy, supporting local jobs, increasing local tax revenue, and reinforcing the bottom line.

Shopping local just makes good business sense,” says Carmen Martinez, San Juan College SBDC director. “Championing small business, we hope to encourage the community to come together and support San Juan County businesses.


Local businesses also play a key role in shaping our community and making it a good place to live and work,” adds Susan Steinhoff, San Juan Local First board member.

Research has shown that even a small shift in consumers’ spending habits creates a major impact for the local economy and for small business.

As a promotion incentive, local participating members will give away one ticket for every $10 spent at their businesses, with three $500 cash winners being drawn from the tickets on December 14. Complete information and a list of participating members can be found on San Juan Local First’s website,

The award winning SBDC at San Juan College provides no-cost consulting, low-cost training and access to resources for existing businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Throughout 2012, the organization has been directly involved in starting 24 new businesses that have created 89 local jobs.

Since 1989, New Mexico SBDCs have helped more than 90,000 clients, have been directly involved in starting 7,750 new businesses and have assisted in creating 18,541 jobs in the state. The more than 1,000 SBDCs across the country are funded in part through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and their state and are the only nationally accredited program of its kind serving small business. More information can be found at

Founded in 2011, San Juan Local First is a non-profit business alliance of more than 60 locally owned independent businesses, service providers, community organizations and individuals committed to building a more socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable local economy. For more information, visit

For more information about Small Business Saturday, go to