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Complimentary November 2012

Living the Good Life

Fine Wines and So Much More IREDELL LIVING • NOVEMBER 2012







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Welcome to the November issue. The days are getting shorter, there is a chill in the air, and the holidays are right around the corner–November is here! It is time to gear up for the biggest shopping day of the year. Regardless of your political affiliation or whom you're pulling for, please remember to exercise a basic American freedom on November 6th. Countless soldiers throughout history gave the ultimate sacrifice so you and I would have this right. Let us do our duty and go to the polls and vote.

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Inside you'll find another great issue filled with interesting reading! Please check out our cover story on Wine Maestro and the business spotlight on Salice Boutique. The Thanksgiving holiday offers a wonderful opportunity to get together with family and friends to share a meal and celebrate good times. Spending time with loved ones makes every holiday special. Take a moment this Thanksgiving to remember what you are thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and thank you for reading the November issue of Iredell Living Magazine!

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November 2012 8 • Decorating Your Mantel For The Holidays 12 • Wine Maestro: Fine Wines And So Much More 16 • Christmas 2012: Statesville's Historic Homes Dressed To The Nines 18 • Salice Boutique: One-Of-A-Kind Fabulous Fashion 22 • Autumn 25 • What’s Cooking?! Roast Turkey With Spicy Rub 26 • A Word From The Statesville Chamber: Politicians Need To Think About Jobs Before Acting 28 • A Word From The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber: Support Small Businesses This Holiday Season 30 • Iredell Resources





Decorat ing Your Mantel for the Holidays By Donna Price

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Natural Greenery At this point, I make a trip to my yard (or neighbors) and gather various sprays of natural greenery. Leland cypress, juniper, magnolia, holly, nandina, curly willow, dried hydrangeas, pine cones and sweet gum balls all work well mixed into garland swags and centerpieces. Some of these can be spray painted gold or silver. This is the step where the magic happens. Unfortunately, I think it might also be the step that a lot of people miss. In my opinion the secret to creating a mantel with an authentic, rather than a manufactured look is in the natural greenery you use. When it comes to greenery, a lot of people stop at Step One using just the inexpensive, standard Christmas garland you can buy at any department or hardware store. But, if you execute this step, it will take your mantel from drab to fab.

The fireplace is a natural focal point when decorating and entertaining. One question I get asked a lot this time of year is “How do I decorate a mantel for the holidays?” People don’t always believe me when I tell them it’s very easy; truly, anyone can create a traditional look with layers of full greenery and ribbon. Here are a few tricks and my fail-proof formula for creating a beautiful Christmas mantel that you’ll be proud of and your friends will envy.

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for you to build on. It won’t be seen once you’ve completed your mantel, I promise. And take comfort in the fact that you can achieve an authentic look with store-bought garland and a few fresh embellishments.

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The Lights! Next, layer on your lights if you’re using them, that is. And why wouldn’t you?!? Make sure to weave the string of lights in and out through the garland, not in a straight line. Don’t worry about wrapping each individual light around the garland in order to hide the ugly green wire. I know lots of people who do this, but truthfully, I’ve never been that picky. If you follow the other steps

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Add your accessories. When it comes to accessories, there really are no boundaries. They can be things like decorative picks, ornaments, stocking holders, candles, figurines or collections. Be as creative as you want! I tend to choose colors that compliment rather than distract from the room.

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If it still needs something, add ribbon. This step also seems to be one that a lot of people are afraid of. But trust me, when applied properly, ribbon is your friend. The trick to laying ribbon

properly is to not worry too much about it! I find that the ribbon on a lot of Christmas mantels is just laid too perfectly. Let it fall in large, loose loops randomly throughout the mantel. Weave the ribbon randomly across the mantel, placing it behind some of your accessories in places and in front of them in other spots. Remember every so often to stand back and take everything in at a distance so that any tweaking can be done. And don’t stress about this. You can produce a mantel fit for the pages of Martha Stewart Living. The most authentic and effortless looking mantels aren’t about perfection. And there you have it! All done? Well, what are you waiting for? Grab an eggnog, and put your feet up! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Donna Price is the owner of Bumblebee Interiors. Pictured are their creative designers responsible for the mantel design. Left to right, Meredith Price, Katie Brakefield and Donna Price.







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Fine Wines and So Much More By Kristie Darling

Photos: On the cover, Wine Maestro Owners, left to right–Jason and Liz Petree, owners of the Statesville location; Teresa and Jamie Venable, owners of the Mooresville location Pictured, left to right–Jamie, Teresa, Jason and Liz 12


Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.

“I am always excited to find a wine that we judge to be superior…a wine that is also a great value,” Jamie Venable told me as we toured his lovely wine store in Mooresville Town Square. “When that happens, and it often does, our customers’ reactions reinforce that we’ve hit the mark. This captures what I’ve enjoyed most in this business for over 30 years. I love what I do.”

A LITTLE WINE MAESTRO HISTORY Jamie has an extensive background in the wine and restaurant businesses. “I grew up with the wine industry as it was beginning to have a more prominent role in the US. In college at Appalachian State, I waited tables. I disciplined myself then to learn everything I could about the menu and the wines,” Jamie remembered. “I wasn’t comfortable unless I could answer any customer's question. Later I worked at Owen’s Restaurant in Nags Head, Noble’s Grill in Winston-Salem, and was maître d' and sommelier at Blackbeard's Castle in St. Thomas.”

Jamie’s customers do appreciate his capacity to search out and find specific wines at very reasonable cost. Knowledgeable customer service is part of Wine Maestro’s popularity as the go-to experts in wine and craft beers here in Iredell County. There are two locations now: on Williamson Road in Mooresville and on West Broad Street in historic downtown Statesville. The stores have about 70,000 wines available to them. Very often the task at hand is to find the perfect wine to suit a customer, an occasion or as an addition to the assortment of international wines that fill the shelves.

Throughout the early years, Jamie continued to study wines and held several positions where he trained the staff on wine. After three years managing Wine Merchant’s Gourmet in Winston-Salem and successfully driving up sales as statewide manager for a distributor in Wilson, North Carolina, Jamie was ready to move out on his own. “We opened Wine Maestro at Newtowne Plaza in Statesville for several reasons: It was the largest town in the area without a wine shop, and I was enjoying the town through my future wife, Teresa Cornacchione, a Statesville native,” Jamie shared. “She would bring friends

-Benjamin Franklin

from Statesville into the Winston-Salem store. I knew her as a regular customer for about two years before I asked her out.” Teresa’s family has owned downtown’s Nu-Way Shoes since its founding in 1920. Her brother, Sal Cornacchione, manages Nu-Way Shoes and also works part-time at Wine Maestro. 2003 was a big year. Jamie and Teresa were married, and Jamie opened Wine

Photos: • At Wine Maestro, you will find gifts and baskets galore! • Have a glass and relax. (Left) • Jamie helps Kim Anderson make a selection. (right)

Photos: Above, top–Jamie assisting a customer on the phone. Bottom–Eric provides one on one treatment to each patient at every visit.



Maestro. A second store in Mooresville opened in 2009, and the most recent expansion of Wine Maestro was last May’s move to its new downtown Statesville store–in the 1930s A&P grocery–owned by Liz and Jason Petree. WINE AND BEER AND MORE Both stores, in Mooresville and downtown Statesville, carry an extensive selection of regional craft beers in addition to wines. Liz and Jason have made craft beers an exciting focus of their business. “My main goal is that our customers are comfortable shopping here, whether they are wine or beer aficionados or if they know very little,” Liz explained. Her background is in the restaurant and wine retail business, having worked five years with Jamie at Maestro Cafe and Wine Maestro. Liz and Jason gave me a tour of the new store, and I was impressed with its warm atmosphere and large selections on the shelves. “Craft beers are huge right now, and lots of people want to learn more and taste what’s available. You don’t need to buy a six-pack to taste a new beer; you can purchase a single bottle to try first,” Jason shared. “When we’re helping someone select a beer or wine to try, we start with budget, ask about preferences and tastes, then we can make several suggestions. We can enhance enjoyment of wine and beer by offering something new.” Liz manages day-to-day operations in the Statesville store, and Jason handles much on the beer side, making selections and managing the beer bar at tastings. “He knows what’s new, what’s popular, and he keeps our beer inventory new and fresh,” Liz said. "Our tastings attract a big audience.”

Photos, top to bottom: • The gang's all here at Wine Maestro! • Craft beer is a focus of the Statesville location. • Graddie Lane serves customers at a tasting.



TASTE THIS…TASTE THAT Weekly wine and beer tastings are very popular happenings at both stores. And with weekly tastings offered on Thursday and Friday evenings in the Mooresville store, and every other Thursday, and each Friday in Statesville, there is every reason for everyone to become more informed and delighted with new choices. Both stores offer leftovers tastings on Saturdays. “We have regulars who come by the store at lunchtime or after work for a relaxing glass of wine or to get a taste of something new,” Liz shared. Once a month, the Mooresville store hosts some of the world’s most renowned vineyards and pours their premium

wines. “It’s well worth a visit to taste from these wineries’ portfolios,” Jamie explained. Jamie believes his business has exposed many customers to new wine experiences. “Some folks who come in think we’re just an expensive wine store, but that’s not the case. We have several shelves with excellent wine selections all under $9.99, and we are just as happy to help you make a choice from these good wines as we are to suggest any of the other wines throughout the store. Most important is that you are pleased with the taste and the price of your selections.” MORE THAN WINE AND BEER Customer service is second to none at Wine Maestro. “We’ve found that everyone likes wine, some just haven’t tasted the wine they like,” Jamie said with a smile. “We’re here to help you discover exactly what you like.” You will always receive exceptional customer service, whether you are on a quick trip in to get a bottle for dinner, or you are planning an event, wedding or party. Your selection history is kept in the stores’ records so you can ask for the same wine again, find something

similar or choose a totally different wine. A huge selection of wine and beer accessories, such as wine racks, openers and coolers, gift bags, glasses, as well as gourmet cheeses and snacks are offered. Gift baskets are very popular, especially for the recipient! Delivery is available, party planning and consulting–by Liz, Jamie, or Graddie Lane, Mooresville’s in-house chef–are offered, as well as extensive research to find specific, requested wines. Both stores have patio service and in-store tables where beers can be enjoyed, wine served by the glass or bottle and issues of Wine Spectator perused. PARTNERING IN THE COMMUNITY “Being in the community means supporting it, and we'll follow Jamie’s personal example of partnering with Hospice whenever we can, in addition to the charities we’ve been supporting,” Liz told me. “I love that we’ve joined a newly restored and growing downtown Statesville–we are happy to be a part of its renaissance.” So, whether you have a collection of special bottles in your wine cellar or are just beginning to enjoy wine or sample craft beers, Wine Maestro is the best

Photos: • Cin Cin! (above, left) • Jamie at the Mooresville store is ready to help you select the perfect wine.

choice for your search. With the help of knowledgeable and friendly professionals, you will find what you are looking for, enjoy what you find, and return again for more. To learn more about wine, read Jamie Venable’s occasional article in Iredell Living and visit Wine Maestro’s website,

Mooresville Town Square 279-G Williamson Road 704-664-1452 Historic Downtown Statesville 121 West Broad Street 704-883-9463 IREDELL LIVING • NOVEMBER 2012


Christmas 2012: Statesville's Historic Homes Dressed to the Nines By Linda B. Wilson


othing gets me in the mood to decorate more than a visit to other homes already decked out for holiday entertaining. I can get into the Christmas spirit by going to some of the most historic homes dressed to the nines and come home motivated to drape the garland, hang wreaths, and spread twinkling lights on everything that is standing still. This year, I’m motivated to attend the Christmas Tour of Historic Homes in downtown Statesville on December 1st and 2nd. With Statesville's diverse architecture from colonial to Victorian, it is easy to be transformed to a Christmas season from long ago. Admire the warmth of a crackling fire, the smell of evergreen gracefully draped on wide staircases, and twinkling lights on live spruce trees. Adding to the Christmas spirit is the history of each home. The Ralph H. Reavis home on Henkel 16


Road is one of the homes on the tour. It was built in 1941. Mr. Reavis owned the Auto Parts and Electric Company on North Center Street. At the time it was the largest automotive parts supplier in North Carolina. The home is now owned by the Speaks family. The 1885 John Lyerly house is also on the tour. This colonial revival home with arts and crafts elements is on Walnut Street. It was a second home for the Hickory businessman who owned the cotton mill and a lumberyard in Statesville. Mr. Lyerly died in 1904, leaving the home to his sons who sold the property. The Lyerly home has been bought and sold many times since Mr. Lyerly's death. The current owner is Gary Leach. Lorne Graves was the president of Phoenix Mills and vice-president of Turner Manufacturing. He built his brick, Colonial Revival home on Wal-

nut Street in 1935. Today, this home is owned by Walter and Mary Beth Wynne. The Sigmon Wallace home, also located on Walnut Street, was built in 1909. Mr. Wallace owned the Wallace Brothers Herbarium, the largest medicinal herbarium in the world. In 1890, the company shipped 1.5 million pounds of dried roots, bark, and leaves equating to over $100,000 in sales. The Mendaloff family now owns this colonial home. Another Walnut Street home is the L.B. Bristol property. Mr. Bristol built the Victorian home in 1902. He was a successful Statesville businessman who sold curtains, hats, clothes, and other domestic wares. In 1917, Mr. Bristol was elected mayor of Statesville. The Bristol home is currently owned by the Burns family.

The D. F. Jenkins building, now home of the Statesville Historical Collection, is a highlight of the tour. The collection contains many historic items of local interest, such as photographs of the Statesville streetscape from 1890 to 1960, photos of past Christmas parades and the history of the Statesville Fire Department. Built on South Center Street in 1923, the Jenkins building's first occupant was Nicholson Furniture Company, owned by W. T. Nicholson. The Nicholson Embalmers and Funeral Directors business was located in the basement and back of the store until moving to Front Street in 1925. The L.B. Bristol building on Court Street is currently the home of Iredell Museums, Inc. This building was built in 1920 for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Ten decorated Christmas trees from around the world will be fea-

tured along with the museum's historic toy collection. This year marks the fourth year the Statesville Historical Collection has sponsored the tour. It is only held every other year, so you don't want to miss an opportunity to get inspired to decorate. I certainly plan to attend. The tour will take place on December 1, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and December 2, 1 to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 and are available at several downtown Statesville locations. Proceeds benefit the Statesville Historical Collection. For more information visit or call 704-437-1187. Photos submitted by Statesville Historical Collection of the Burns Home.




One-of-a-Kind Fabulous Fashion By Meredith Collins

Located in historic downtown Statesville, Salice Boutique offers fashionable clothing, jewelry, and accessories at affordable prices for women of all ages. Owner Kristen Greer’s love for fashion started at an early age, but she never really thought about making it her career. Six years ago, after working as a paralegal, Kristen started selling jewelry from her home. Her jewelry business eventually outgrew its space in the bonus room addition, and she opened Salice Boutique on Davie Avenue in 2010. This July, the boutique moved to historic downtown Statesville. A lot of work went into renovating the vacant downtown building, and Greer and her customers are excited about their lovely new location. Look for the pink and green awning on South Center Street–it adds a fresh splash of color to the newly renovated downtown streetscape. “The renovations have transformed downtown. It’s a much more inviting place to shop,” Greer said. “We see a lot of people who are downtown for lunch who drop by to shop in the new store.” The friendly staff at Salice focuses on customer service and creating a fun shopping atmosphere. They sell sought-after brand names like Miss Me jeans, Judith March, Ya, Natural Life, and BB Dakota. “Miss Me and Judith March are two of the top brands we carry,” Greer said. “Their jeans and clothing are unique styles that you can’t find anywhere else.” While brands are important, Greer knows many people are price conscious. She is focused on finding more private label items with the same look and quality as the brands, but at a lower price. “I know people are concerned about price,” Greer said. “I try to keep everything in the store under $100, and a lot is under $50. We have an assortment of nice dresses and tops in the $30 to $50 price range.” 18


In addition to price, Greer appreciates uniqueness. She only orders six of each item to sell in the store. “Statesville is a small town, and I know no one wants to walk around in the same dress as her girlfriends,” Greer said. Even when an item is really popular–some sell out in a weekend–Greer doesn’t order more. When people are just going crazy to have more of a particular item, she considers buying it in another color. Limited quantities and new

Salice Boutique’s Facebook page keeps customers up-to-date on the latest clothes, jewelry and accessories on the racks everyday. Daily photo posts of the newest items and information about sales can be found on Facebook, as well. If you see something you like, but live out of town or don’t have time to come in to the store, call or visit the website. You can order the item you want and get free shipping. Salice Boutique Facebook page – Salice Boutique 105 S. Center Street Statesville, NC 28677 704-380-4983

Sales Associates Hailey and Adaire with Kristen, owner Miss Me Jeans

A Lori Snyder necklace completes the look.


Photos by Shane Greene Photography © 2012

shipments every week keep customers coming back. “Our customers know they are buying a one-of-a-kind item. When they shop at Salice, they will always see something new,” Greer said.






AUTUMN By James D. Williams

Autumn. My favorite time of the year. The weather turns cooler. Colors abound in nature. Families start spending more time together indoors. Patches of dead grass are replaced with patches of dead leaves. Athletes start breaking school records. Politicians start breaking records for the most campaign promises. It was usually autumn when the mayhem began at my house. Maybe it was all the time that we spent indoors with school being in session. Call it stir crazy, but it all seemed to start around the time when we were in middle school. I think it was about that time when we really became aware of our surroundings and began to “appreciate” humor. No one was spared, especially adults. I think it was Halloween when I placed the rubber snake in my brother’s Jack-O-Lantern full of candy. After the screaming and crying, I finally had to apologize after I received that pop on the behind. At least they didn’t take the snake away. I think it was about a week or so later when we borrowed one of my mother’s purses. We mounted our bikes and rode into town with that snake in the purse. When no one was looking, we dropped it in the middle of Main Street. We then took up a position to view the action. It wasn’t long before a 22


group of college guys came by in their car. They passed the purse, stopped, and slowly backed up. A door opened and a hand reached down and scooped up the purse. The car drove on with us in hot pursuit. A few seconds later the door flung open and bodies tumbled out of the car dropping the purse. I think we all learned some new college words that day. As soon as the car was out of sight, we retrieved the purse. At some point, we became tired of playing with that rubber snake. I can remember my brother standing on one side of the house with me on the other. The game was to throw the rubber snake over the house. Well, one of the throws came up short and the snake landed upon the roof and was soon forgotten. As the rains came, the snake and leaves washed into the gutter. One Saturday, as had become tradition, Dad dragged out the ladder and began to clean the gutters. My brother and I learned a few more words that day as he reached in and grabbed up that rubber snake with a hand full of leaves. That’s when the discipline began. Maybe that’s why this time of year is also referred to as the fall? My mother was not immune to the jokes. I can remember being in the grocery store with her as she was buying a turkey for Thanksgiving. With the family all coming in, she was looking for a large bird. She asked the young man

at the A&P counter, “Do these get any bigger?” With a puzzled look on his face he responded, “No Ma’am. They’re all dead.” I wonder if he recognized the purse? Mom got the turkey home and prepared the special dinner. I could tell she was especially nervous in preparing a meal for so many people. The beets were a perfect crimson red. The potatoes were soft and whipped to perfection with just a hint of golden butter. The turkey had a golden tan only a close second to the tans on Bay Watch, and the rolls had just the right texture. As family gathered and began to feast, many comments were made at how delicious the meal was. Tempting providence, I said “See Mom, I told you they wouldn’t notice the turkey was four months past its expiration date. You were worried for nothing.” The beets weren’t the only thing that was crimson red that evening. Now, as I carve the turkey for my parents, I think back to the memories and ponder . . . At some point as you become older, you cease to be children and parents. You become friends. Such is the circle. It’s these events in life that shape us. It's the choices and paths in which we take that define us. I am thankful for my parents setting the proper definition.





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y the time you read this, chances are pretty good that the election season is, gratefully, over. National politics is a win at all costs game, and I will be glad to get back into some mode of certainty, whoever is elected to leadership positions.


Politicians Need To Think About Jobs Before Acting

I think the most egregious dividend from the political rancor is the no holds barred, us versus them mentality. Candidates thrive on trying to manipulate public opinion based on grossly exaggerated claims. “X candidate only cares about lining the pockets of the rich,” or “Y candidate wants to end the free enterprise system.” The reality is that while candidates might lean in one direction or the other, neither extreme is their goal. These are rather crass statements that are designed to create animosity between classes. We have to find ways to build bridges over these chasms. I don’t know of anyone who solely looks out for their own best interest. It is a recipe for short-term gain and longterm loss. Occasionally, politicians paint business owners and industry leaders as “rich, fat cats” who have only their own vested interest at heart. While there are some who might taint the picture, the vast majority are just like you and me–striving to find a better tomorrow through good planning and hard effort today. Let us vow to refuse to listen to this class warfare against those who build employment. The economic condition of this country, while improving slightly, is of paramount importance as our government moves forward. National industry leaders gathered at a Metals Services Center Institute meeting in Charlotte last month. Iredell County native and American Stainless Tubing President Maria Haughton was on a powerhouse panel with some of the very brightest people in their industry.

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce 26


Michael Arnold, President and CEO of Ryerson, noted that we must get back to a manufacturing society. In this global economy, we must recreate a country in which we can manufacture competitively. He said, “There are many countries

around the world in which it makes more economic sense to produce goods than it does in the United States.” “To right this economic ship,” commented James Darsey, executive vice president for Nucor Corporation, “every decision in Washington must take into account jobs, jobs, and jobs.” Any discussion about a tax increase, new regulations, and most importantly, trade agreements (and the ability to uphold those agreements) must be viewed in light of how that decision will impact real tangible jobs. Even at a local level, Maria Haughton noted that her company was recently required to pay over $40,000 for a regulatory issue which created more problems and expense for the company without really solving any issues, anywhere. That mindless use of time and money costs jobs! Is it good for America to become energy independent? Will it save or create jobs? Are additional regulations imposed on industries across the board that produce or take away jobs? Do our tax laws deincentivize American based companies to expand? How does that impact us locally? Between June 2007 and June 2010, Iredell County lost 6,704 jobs. Fortunately, 4,157 of those jobs were added back in the last two years. We still, however, have a long way to go to just get to where we were five years ago. What role can any of us play to building our local economy? • THINK (shop, eat, give) LOCALLY! Spending resources for everyday goods, supplies, and entertainment is simply a gift to another community. Wherever possible, THINK LOCAL (be prepared, this won’t be the last time you hear this line). • Demand that your politicians, at all governmental levels, think about JOBS, JOBS, JOBS–what decisions are we making today and tomorrow that can positively impact job growth? Job growth should be our country’s foremost priority in the coming years.




Support Small Businesses This Holiday Season

Kirk Ballard President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce



Photo by Captain Gus


or many small businesses the holiday season is their largest sales opportunity. Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is considered the start of the Christmas holiday shopping season. During this time, 25 percent of all personal spending takes place. On Black Friday, most major retailers open as early as 4am, offering significant sales opportunities for their customers. It is also described as the busiest shopping day of the year. In an attempt to keep holiday shopping going, invented the term Cyber Monday. It was first used within the ecommerce community during the 2005 holiday season. In 2010, customers spent a reported $1 billion shopping online on Cyber Monday. The name Cyber Monday grew out of the observation that millions of otherwise productive working Americans, fresh off a Thanksgiving weekend of windowshopping, returned to their Internet connections at work on Monday and bought what they liked. First there was Black Friday and then Cyber Monday; now comes Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday follows Black Friday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is an American shopping holiday created by American Express. This is the day we celebrate the shop small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the US. First celebrated on November 27, 2010, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize independently owned small businesses, and to buy local rather than shopping the big box stores or online. In its second year, 2011, Small Business Saturday gave a boost to Main Street merchants and spurred an estimated 103 million Americans to shop downtown and in the neighborhood. This nationwide initiative brings public awareness to small businesses, and today more than 230 small business advocate groups, public and private, support it. Last year, media coverage reached a huge audience, over 1 billion people. More

than 2.7 million Facebook users liked Small Business Saturday’s page. There were nearly 195,000 Tweets in support of the program. Building on the success of the previous two years, we plan to grow this year's Small Business Saturday by expanding the coalition of supporters and creating more local events around the country. This includes support from advocacy organizations that join the initiative to motivate constituents through incentives and offers to shop small this November 24th. This year, there are more free tools and offers available to small businesses that want to participate in the program. Check ShopSmall to find more updates and offers available to participants. Special offers include free Twitter ads, and you can get help building your online presence with Yola, a website builder and hosting company that offers free programs. Also available are tools to help you build a Facebook page with Pagemodo's professional templates. You will find downloadable signage and marketing materials to keep customers coming to your door throughout the year. You can create a video to mark your business with My Business Story and YouTube. Learn how to add a Twitter button for your website or create an offer for your customers and share with them through Go Social. In a difficult economy with high unemployment, it is very important that we support small businesses. If every American spent $140 per year at local businesses, it would create 330,000 jobs. Small businesses have generated 64 percent of new jobs over the last 15 years. 93 percent of American consumers believe it's important to support local, small businesses that they value. American small businesses pay 44 percent of the total private payroll. Working together we can grow ourselves out of this difficult economy.



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