Is it really a “challenge”? I’m talking about the ‘7 Black & White Photos in 7 Days’ that is going viral right now on Facebook. People aren’t being asked to dump a bucket of ice water on their heads, or to freeze like a mannequin, or to do 21 push-ups in 21 days, so why are we calling it a “challenge”?
I don’t really care that it’s too easy to be challenging; I’m much more concerned with the fact that there’s no real cause associated with it. It’s fun for creative people, which includes me, so I jumped at the chance to join in, but I thought I would do it from a small business perspective. Let’s support it and cheer on the small businesses in our community, at the same time.
Global Beads owner, Kathleen McCabe, tagged me and my personal Facebook account, so I responded from my ILoveMountain View page and tagged businesses around town. I’ve never seen a business participating in this silly Facebook activity and I thought it would interesting to see what businesses would tag each other. I hope I’m not stressing them out by putting more on their plate.
The photos posted here are the ones I took specifically for the challenge, and I encouraged the businesses that I tagged to highlight something interesting about themselves. Here’s a link to the photos on I Love Mountain View on Facebook.
Let’s do our best to help small businesses in Mountain View, in any way we can.
Small Business Saturday is November 25, 2017. Here’s more info about the event from US Small Business Administration and from American Express. They’re both actively promoting the day. This is what is posted on Wikipedia: “First observed in the United States on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. Small Business Saturday is a registered trademark of American Express corporation.”
Did you know that if someone spends $100 at a local business, $68 stays in the community, as opposed to spending $100 at a nonlocal business. In that case, only $43 stays in the community, according to American Express.
Even if you aren’t able to shop on the exact date, November 25th, the “holiday” if that’s what you want to call it, brings a great deal of awareness to local small businesses. Whether you’re supporting local businesses with likes and comments on Facebook, which is helpful, or you’re spending your cold, hard cash at their store, which is even better, they could use all the help they can get. #shoplocal #shopsmall I love Mountain View.