Better Business Bureau: Urges consumers to support Small Business Saturday

CONTACT: Susan Bach, Director of Communications

PHONE: 414- 847- 6085

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November 17, 2011, Milwaukee, Wis. – In honor of Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year, Better Business Bureau is spreading awareness and advising consumers to support the small businesses in their area.

As a joining member, BBB is teaming up with American Express OPEN to spread the word on why small businesses are so awesome. For the second year in a row, American Express OPEN has declared November 26th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, to be Small Business Saturday. Sandwiched between black Friday and cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a perfect way to support the small businesses that you love.

“It’s great to have a day that’s completely dedicated to the success of our small businesses and it’s even better to think that the success of this day could lead to the growth and prosper of the small businesses in the days and years to follow,” said Randall Hoth, Wisconsin BBB president and CEO. “We’d like to encourage our consumers to take advantage of this day and show support to the small businesses in their community.”

In preparation for Small Business Saturday, FedEX will be giving away 40,000 $25 American Express gift cards to lucky consumers, which can be used to shop at small businesses on Saturday, November 26th. 30,000 will go to people who register at FedEx Facebook’s page, http://www.facebook.som/FedEx, beginning at noon CDT November 1st. FedEx will give the other 10,000 to customers.

American Express is also giving a $25 statement credit to American Express card members who spend $25 or more on Small Business Saturday at a qualifying small brick-and-mortar, independent merchant that accepts American Express. You must register to receive the credit. Registration is available in early November at http://www.facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturday. For small businesses, $100 in free Facebook ads will be awarded to the first 10,000 businesses that sign up at http://www.facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturday.

For more information on Small Business Saturday, visit http://smallbusinesssaturday.com and for more consumer information you can trust, visit http://www.bbb.org.

For more information or further inquiries, please contact the Wisconsin BBB at http://www.wisconsin.bbb.org or 414-847-6000 (metro Milwaukee), 920-734-4352 (Appleton), 608-268-2221 (Madison) or 1-800-273-1002 (elsewhere in Wisconsin).

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BBB is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free business BBB Reliability ReportsTM and charity BBB Wise Giving ReportsTM, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints. Although the first BBB was founded in 1912, the Wisconsin BBB began in 1939. Today, 125 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring more than four million local and national businesses and charities. Please visit http://www.bbb.org for more information about BBB.