Sammamish-based online marketplace Meylah announced it is a local corporate supporter of this year’s Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24. With it's more important than ever to help local businesses thrive this holiday season.
Small Business Saturday, founded in 2010 by American Express, is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local, independently owned small businesses. Last year, millions of consumers shopped at small businesses on Small Business Saturday.
Meylah, a small business itself, recognizes the importance of supporting small business, the jobs they help create and the culture they instill in local communities. According to the Small Businesses Association, small businesses nationwide have accounted for 65 percent of net new jobs created over the past 17 years and represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
This week, Sammamish-Issaquah Patch will highlight some of the local small businesses—from eclectic furniture makers to Bollywood-style dance studios—that use the Meylah.com free marketplace platform to independently sell and market their products using integrated social media tools. (Patch's parent company, AOL, is a corporate supporter of Small Business Saturday)
How you can get involved in Small Business Saturday
American Express has created a variety of ways to help raise awareness about the importance of supporting small businesses and motivate consumers to Shop Small.
Small business owners and their supporters can visit ShopSmall.com to take advantage of some of these tools, including:
- Free online advertising for qualifying small business owners
- Social media tools to help local businesses spread the word about Small Business Saturday
- Searchable map where consumers can search for American Express Card accepting small businesses near them
- Shop online at small business stores by browsing products on Meylah’s marketplace
Learn more at Meylah.com and connect with Meylah on facebook.com/meylahfan.
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success such as the OPEN business payment card. Last year, more than 500,000 small business owners leveraged an online tool or promotional materials for Small Business Saturday, 15,000 businesses signed up for free Facebook advertising to promote their products and services in the run up to Small Business Saturday. American Express is the founding partner of Small Business Saturday.
--Information from Meylah