The holiday season kicks off with plenty of excitement — from family to food to shopping, there’s plenty to keep you occupied through the winter months. One day to keep in mind is Small Business Saturday — a day to support small businesses and community work and for small business owners to celebrate their successes. This year’s Small Business Saturday takes place November 29, the day after Black Friday, and we encourage all of you to join us in supporting local small businesses.
How Microsoft Helps
Microsoft supports small businesses in their unique challenges by providing the proper resources and technology a small business needs to thrive. Our partnership with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, for example, is one way to deliver education and technology insights to SMBs so they can save customers money.
Small business owners rarely have a full-time technology member on staff, so Chicagoland Chamber helps them transition from Office to Office 365, focusing on moving to the cloud. Cloud technology allows efficient, collaborative work amongst a team without constant face-to-face meetings, helping businesses save money and time. When small businesses are given tools that large enterprises have, they can implement them faster, giving them a competitive advantage.
How You Can Help
This Saturday, support your local small business. Visit and shop, dine, or whatever you can do to help them grow. Don’t forget to showcase them on social media and show everyone what your favorite local small business is doing. Keep up with Small Business Saturday on Twitter using #SmallBizSat. Business owners can also use #ShowUsYourMenu and #DineSmall to promote their own campaigns.
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