BBB TIPS: Holi-DAYS to Remember

Saturday, November 25, is Small Business Saturday, a day designed to support and promote small businesses during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. BBB serving Northern Indiana is spreading awareness of Small Business Saturday and encouraging businesses and consumers to participate.

Falling between “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” Small Business Saturday can be a fun part of your holiday weekend schedule. By staying local, you’ll support the small businesses that give your community its unique identity. This yearly event is a great way to celebrate the “mom and pop” shops that make your town feel like home.

Get involved! There will be many communities throughout Northern Indiana who will celebrate special holiday events, and being involved in SBS shows that you support the businesses that make your community unique.

Teach the gift of giving

Supporting a worthy charity is paramount when considering a donation. You can be assured you are Starting with Trust when you turn to BBB Accredited Charities for a complete and factual review. Feel comfortable in your choices when you begin your search at BBB.org

2017 marks the seventh year of #GivingTuesday on November 28th. It’s a global day of giving that’s powered by social media and collaboration. Following the shopping rushes of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is often regarded as the starting day of the charitable season. More than 10,000 organizations worldwide are engaged in the day.

If you don’t have the money to donate, give your time to an organization or to an individual who may be a shut-in or in a nursing home. There are so many opportunities to be involved, not only during the holidays, but all the year through.

Talking to your children, nephews, nieces, or grandchildren about the importance of giving may be the impetus for them to continue the spirit of giving throughout their lives. Show them an action of charitable giving: through a monetary donation; a skill that you, or they, have; helping at a food kitchen; delivering warm clothing to those needy, or something as simple and appreciated as a Christmas card to someone in the military or at a halfway house. You need not be a millionaire to make a difference for them, and they will see there’s more to giving than just dollars and cents.

Cyber Monday

There will be lots of deals – and lots of frauds -come Monday, November 27, the biggest online shopping day of the year. Shop stores that you are familiar with, and don’t be fooled by pop-up ads and “best deals.”

Parents, there’s software you can install on your children’s computers and mobile devices to limit what they can access. Hackers love kids personal I.D., so explain to them the importance of not giving out this information. They love buying what their peers and celebrities are wearing. Remind them: Nothing is free.

Stay Safe. Stay Secure. Stay with someone you can TRUST. Call BBB at 1.800.552.4631 or go to BBB.org for help.

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