Small Business Saturday® on Northside Pittsburgh

We spent the Saturday talking to participating local business owners on why it’s important to shop small and stay local in buying retail products and services. It means participating in your neighborhood culture and being part of a community that thrives on connections and commerce of providing the goods you need.

Participating businesses:

Johnny Angel’s Ginchy Stuff and Museum

Bicycle Heaven

City Books

Gilligan’s Sorbet

Senseless

Sweet Time Cafe

Businesses involved in Small Business Saturday we were unable to capture an interview:

Bear Dog Bicycles

Allegheny City Brewing

Laverty’s Jewerly & Gifts

North Shore Deli

Video credits to Willy James, local videographer and contributor to Allegheny City Historical Gallery.

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Pittsburgh Retail lends its support to Small Business Saturday® and drives commerce to small businesses.

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Pittsburgh, PA – November 6, 2016 –  Pittsburgh Retail today announced its participation in this year’s Small Business Saturday, taking place on November 26th. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting local small businesses and strengthening and celebrating communities across the country.

On Saturday, November 26th, Pittsburgh Retail will be working with a local paper, The Northside Chronicle, and the local businesses within the Northside of Pittsburgh for a day of shopping with a special contest for prizes available for free in the monthly hyper-local paper, and additional pop-up events for shopping, broadcasting, and attracting customers to the vibrant business districts within the community from 11AM-6PM.

Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. In 2015, 95 million consumers shopped at small businesses on Small Business Saturday and spent an estimated $16.2 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on the day, according to the 2015 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey.1 The day was also championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., including President Obama.

Pittsburgh Retail recognizes the importance of supporting small businesses, the jobs they help create, and the culture they instill in local communities. According to the U.S. Small Businesses Administration, as of 2014, small businesses nationwide accounted for 63% of net new private-sector jobs created and represented 99.7% of firms with paid employees.2

Merchants and consumers can learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting ShopSmall.com.

Contacts:

S Lauren Stauffer
Pittsburgh Retail
pghretail@gmail.com

American Express
212-640-8055
Jane.e.dileo@aexp.com

ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

November 26th marks the seventh annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the small businesses that can create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers.

1Estimates are based on consumer self-reported data from the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey by National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express (November 30, 2015) and do not reflect actual receipts or sales.

2Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy Frequently Asked Questions, March 2014.

Register for October 28th Square Workshop

NEW! CAM: Building Micro-Entrepreneurs

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SUPPORT OUR FREE WORKSHOP SERIES
As a big THANK YOU! to everyone who donates, we will send you an email report after the workshop series with what was shared, what we learned, and what’s next! So, even if you’re unable to make a workshop, you’ll still receive a part of each class.

https://www.ioby.org/project/cam-growing-micro-entrepreneurs

Our local sponsor, The Sprout Fund, will match your donation up to $1,000.  Your contribution is greatly appreciated!


Monthly workshop series beginning in September through December 2015.

Location: Crazy Mocha (Northside of Pittsburgh)
2 E North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Wednesday’s from 5:30PM – 7:00PM
Arrive early and grab a warm tea latte, or enjoy a handmade sandwich, to support our local venue for hosting these free micro-workshops.

Limited seating to 12 people, first come-first serve basis.
Workshop Series Registration Here

October 28th:  “Square Reader; Outside the Box”

November 18th: “Minimal Prep to Maximize Your Write-Offs: Utilizing Google Docs”

December 16th: “Open Help Session & Holiday Party”

2016 Workshops
“Hobby-to-Home Business Prep”
To be held in early 2016. If interested, fill out the registration form to get on the mailing list. Workshop Series Registration Here


Crowdfunding For Free Skill Sharing Events

As of today, we need just $96 more dollars…

to unlock our matching funds and reach our ultimate goal. Each donation, no matter how large or small, will receive an emailed report on all events in the series that you get whether you can attend the workshop(s) or not. Support this programming by donating a small investment of your own at:
https://www.ioby.org/project/cam-growing-micro-entrepreneurs


NEW! CAM: Growing Micro-Entrepreneurs
Register for the first workshop here: http://goo.gl/forms/wuCWnFRlMG

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Pittsburgh Retail worked with community groups on the Northside of Pittsburgh to bring another year of Cedar Arts Market to Allegheny Commons East Park.  With the help of a supporting grant we were able to sponsor and introduce the first Pittsburgh VegFest this past August.

When offered the opportunity to raise funds for an extension of the program, it was a great time to begin a different series of events that offered skill-sharing for organization and fundamental bookkeeping by using the best available mobile and tech applications out there.

Micro-entrepreneurs aren’t a new thing, what is different though, is the latest technology.  Now more than ever are individuals easily able to make a quick investment with rewarding outcomes.  Software companies are releasing new partnerships daily that overlap functions to streamline user access, time, and return value on often free programs.

That is where CAM’s new series, Growing Micro-Entrepreneurs, is focusing on and highlighting specific applications, benefits, and tips to streamline the back-end of your retail business.  Hey Baby! Boutique owner, Karyn Pope, who creates, markets, and sells her wares throughout Western Pennsylvania has set up a system based on her knowledge and past experience as an accountant.

These workshops are open and free to the public, are intended for beginners and seasoned retailers.  If you are new to, or interested in learning more about, mobile POS systems,  preparing business taxes, utilizing applications and updated features of favorite office tools like, Google and Excel, then this workshop series is for you.

Second Shift Crafters

PGHretail is delighted to work with Second Shift Crafters, a new local shopping event group, bringing makers, bakers, crafters, designers, and artists to your neighborhood.

Their first show is on Small Business Saturday, November 29th from 12:00p – 6:00p featuring 30+ crafters, bands, Maggie’s Farm Rum, Most Wanted Fine Art, East End Brewery, and kids activities!

New Allegheny Market House in the North Side Opens 11/21/13

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Visit the New Allegheny Market House in the North Side this holiday for your gift shopping!  Located in a the Historic Deutschtown at 503 E. Ohio St.  and open Thursday 11A – 6P, Friday 11A – 7P, and Saturday 11A – 6P.   A unique shopping experience featuring local North Side artists, artisans, and makers.  Come out and support your local economy while exploring an up and coming shopping district!