HELENA, Mont., Nov. 25, 2014—Safe bet there are no enchanted rooms, saddle shops or gluten free stores in any of Montana’s shopping malls. For those and much, much more you have to step out onto Main Street, advised the state director for America’s largest and leading small-business association.
“The variety Main Street offers over the suburban shopping mall will astound and delight consumers conditioned to spending all their time and money on Black Friday, instead of waiting a day for Small Business Saturday,” said Riley Johnson, Montana state director for the National Federation of Independent Business. “Our joint campaign with American Express is also paying nice dividends for the economy. Now in its fifth year, I predict awareness of Small Business Saturday will top 75 percent and sales at local, independent firms to exceed the $5.7 billion after last year’s promotion.”
Both Amex and NFIB offered small businesses a free opportunity to advertise their wares
on each website. Those taking advantage of NFIB’s offer included.
- Belgrade—Montana Gluten Free; Oak Gardens Nursery & Landscaping
- Billings—Connolly Saddlery; Spike Olive Taproom
- Bozeman—Gold Plug; Lowell Thomas Tool
- Butte—Laurie Fashion Square
- Circle—Prairie Rose Flowers and Fabric
- Glendive—Enchanted Room
- Helena—Woody’s Lumber & Sawmill
- Missoula—Clark Fork Furniture Repair & Audio/Video; The UPS Store
- Stevensville—Valley Drug & Variety
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.
National Federation of Independent Business/Montana
491 South Park Ave.
Helena, MT 59601