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Today is Small Business Saturday!

Until I started my company Freckles Crafts, I never gave much thought to supporting small business.  Like so many of you I would just run to the nearest “big box” retailer to purchase what I need.  At Christmas time I would wait for the big sales and try to get as much off of my list as possible.  I would often leave the store feeling frustrated with poor customer service and products that were questionable in quality.  It wasn’t until recently that I discovered this amazing community of small businesses, many of them mom owned, who offer high quality products and services at very affordable prices.  This year I have committed to purchasing as many gifts as possible from small businesses, and while I know the “big box” retailers will have their place this season (mostly for Star Wars action figures), I have been able to buy my family and friends some wonderful and very unique gifts. The quality of products and customer service that I have received have been unmatched, and it has made for one of the most enjoyable shopping seasons I can remember!

It is exciting to witness the nation taking notice of small business owners as well, and American Express has spearheaded the efforts to support our community by sponsoring the first ever Small Business Saturday.  As part of their commitment to supporting small business, American Express is giving registered card members a $25 statement credit when they shop at small businesses today!  How cool is that!  And if that wasn’t enough, for every person who “likes” American Express on Facebook, they will donate $1.00 to Girls Inc, an amazing charity!

So what are you waiting for?  I have listed several gift guides here to get you started.  Shop small business today, earn a $25.00 credit on your American Express and know that you are making a difference in someone’s life by supporting their small business!

MomVantage Holiday Gift Guide

Coupons are Great

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