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2016 Small Business Saturday: Think Small, Shop Local

After you eat your weight in turkey and stuffing this Thanksgiving, the weekend brings you some of the most popular shopping days of the year. Between standing in line at Walmart and Best Buy on Black Friday and browsing the web in your favorite pajamas on Cyber Monday, you have the opportunity to show your thankfulness for Memphis business on Small Business Saturday - November 26, 2016.

Small Business Saturday was created to encourage shoppers to patronize the brick and mortar businesses in their area while searching for holiday gifts. While we encourage you to look local when purchasing a sweater for your mom or cookies for your coworkers, we think it’s a great idea to shop small year ‘round.

Here are just a few reasons why:

Unique Character. Our local businesses help give Memphis the unique soul that we are universally known for. Our one-of-a-kind attitude can’t be found anywhere else, and it’s that distinctive character that gives us an economic advantage.

Local Dollars. The truth is, small businesses help keep Memphis dollars in Memphis. Compared to chain stores, a larger percentage of small business revenue goes back into the local economy, which helps the whole community.

Entrepreneurship. Us Memphians know better than anyone the power of can-do positivity and homegrown solutions. The entrepreneurship that fuels small business also helps fuel economic innovation and prosperity, driving us to be a more successful city.

And shopping small doesn’t have to be difficult. Take your family out to lunch at a local restaurant. Stop by a favorite boutique to find the perfect gift for your niece. Relax and enjoy yourself at a local theater or sporting event. 

Need some ideas? Around 80 percent of our membership is made up of small businesses! Just stop by our Member Directory and check out the businesses that invest in economic and community development for the Greater Memphis Region. You can even login to the Members-Only area and see what member-to-member hot deals are available from local small businesses!

You can also spread the word by tweeting or posting a message to friends on your social media sites. Let us know where you will be shopping this Saturday with a tweet to @MemphisChamber.

And remember: think small, shop local.
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Your business may be small, but that doesn't mean that your impact can't be huge! The Greater Memphis Chamber's Small Business Council serves to encourage, support, recognize and be a resource to small- and medium-sized businesses in the Memphis area. Here, our talented panel of contributors will present big ideas that could make a huge difference to your small business. And don't be afraid to ask questions ... no matter how small.

Sales & Small Business Ownership
Voss W. Graham is CEO and Senior Business Advisor for InnerActive Consulting Group Inc. He is known by his clients as "a knowledgeable partner who helps our team achieve business growth." He provides practical experience as a small business owner for over 29 years, yet is often engaged with Fortune 500 companies in the development of their people and business strategies.

Public Relations
Several professionals and strategists from the local Obsidian Public Relations firm provide excellent advice on everything from research to media relations to event planning. They believe that all companies, no matter how big or small the company or its budget, should have a public relations plan driving how they manage their relationships with key stakeholders. Public relations is an integral part of doing business the right way.

Human Resources
Joel Myers is a career Human Resources professional, with over 40 years in the field including 26 years in consulting.

Small Business Advice
Tom Pease is a small business owner of an office equipment dealership called e/Doc Systems, Inc. He has also owned a full-line Kawasaki dealership as well as a document shop. He used 30+ years of experience in owning a business to author two books, including: Going Out of Business by Design: Why 70% of Small Businesses Fail and Small Business Survival 101. He also has published 85 columns in The Memphis Daily News as the Small Business Advisor.

Marketing & Public Relations
Lori Turner-Wilson is CEO and Founder of RedRover Company, a sales development, marketing and PR consulting firm. Lori works with companies large and small, from start-ups to mature organizations, to help them improve the productivity of their sales force and the return on their marketing investment. Lori writes a weekly syndicated column for the Daily News, Memphis News, Nashville Ledger, and Desoto Times, among others, titled “Guerrilla Sales & Marketing,” for which she won a 2011 Summit International Award and 2012 International Communicator Award.

Design and Digital Strategy
Founded in 1999, inferno provides brand development, advertising, public relations, design and digital marketing services to clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Headquartered in Memphis with a satellite office in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the award-winning firm produces results-driven work by passionately combining strategic thinking, creativity and culture to ensure the success of its clients. For more information, visit

Labor & Employment Law
Fisher Phillips attorneys are ready to help you take a stand: in court, with employees and unions, or with competitors. Fisher Phillips has the experience and resolve to back you up. That's why some of the savviest employers come to the firm to handle their toughest labor and employment cases. The firm has 350 attorneys in 32 offices, including Memphis. For more information, visit

Since its founding in 2005, Paragon Bank has maintained a solid focus on the community and customer service. For more than 10 years, Paragon has delivered innovative products and financial expertise, convenience, and a deep understanding of what both businesses and individuals need from a ban, in order to provide solutions that make a difference. In the areas of business or personal banking, lending options or wealth management, Paragon delivers cutting edge technology, an experienced team and the most service-oriented staff of any community bank.