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Join the celebration this Saturday, November 27th, and support your locally owned, independent businesses as downtown Winslow celebrates SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY on Bainbridge Island.

Small businesses across the country are joining more than a dozen advocacy, public, and private organizations in declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday recognizes the importance of small businesses to the overall economy and local communities, emphasizing  that small business is the heartbeat of local communities and the engine of the US economy and serving as a day to support the small, independently owned businesses that help preserve the unique character of our towns’ main streets across America.

Over the past two decades, small businesses created 65 percent of net new jobs. In addition, for every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures.

Here are the top five reasons to support a small business on Small Business Saturday:

Pass these five reasons around your community —

1. Buying local creates jobs:

We all want more jobs, but no one seems to be able to create them.  Buying  local is YOUR chance to do something about it.

Did you know that half of all employees in the U.S. work for small business, and that small businesses create 60 percent of all new jobs? By participating in Small Business Saturday you foster job creation in a very real and tangible way.  Buy local, create a job.

2. Small business fosters community:

If you go downtown in your city, the community you will likely find is one of small business owners. When a downtown has a bustling small business district, it is usually said there is a strong community there. By buying local then, and supporting your neighborhood small businesses, you are fostering a strong community in your community.

3. Buying local keeps the dream alive:

A small business is someone’s dream.  Being an entrepreneur is a risky enterprise that usually happens when someone’s passion is so overpowering they cannot help but start their own business.

By supporting small business, you are allowing someone to live the dream another day.

4. Buying local boosts your local economy:

There is an economic ripple effect that occurs when you support a small business.  First of all, as indicated, it fosters jobs; the owner needs to hire people to service his customers.

But the economic ripple goes far beyond that. There are the employees with money in their pocket; they spend that money with other small businesses. Moreover, there is the business owner with profit in her pocket. She spends that on buying more goods to sell, on taking care of her family, and on growing her business. Then, there is the business. That business pays taxes, which helps build roads and fund schools and the police.

Buying local creates an economic cycle that helps everyone.

5. Buying local creates a ripple in society: Think about throwing a pebble into a still pond. It creates a concentric circle that starts small and then ripples out bigger and bigger, right? Well, that is exactly what happens when you support a local small business, and this ripple is different than the economic ripple. This is a spiritual/psychological ripple.

When a small business person succeeds, it is noticed. It may be a child who sees that dreams do come true. Or it may be the entrepreneur’s neighbor, who sees the successes and decides that he could do it too. The ripple grows.

One successful small business begets others. New entrepreneurs create more entrepreneurs. Enthusiasm breeds imitation. Suddenly, that blighted block downtown is bustling with energy.

And it all starts, literally, when you choose to spend some money at a local small business.

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There’s a nice piece in a local paper about our new retail location right in downtown Winslow on Bainbridge Island.    My Kids’ Cookies Takes the Retail Plunge.

We also are smiling over the fun art work on our walls.  Nationally known local artist Sally Prangley has bedecked our walls with her whimsical mirrors and clocks.  You can visit our shop and head home with treats for your belly and your walls.

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It took some time, but we finally launched our new website.  With the help, knowledge, advice and guidance of KTWebDesigns, we’ve created an even better shopping site.  With wonderful photos showcasing all our delicious freshly baked goodies, My Kids’ Cookies is a great site to shop for all your baked treats, and fun gifts ideas like caps, aprons and more.

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There’s a new website in town – BainbridgeBusinessWomen.com.

Bainbridge Island, WA, located in Puget Sound west of Seattle, is a short ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of city life.  Although our island is small (just over 23,000 people and approximately 9400 families) that’ s still alot of buying power.  (Most recent demographics on Bainbridge.)

The brainchild of me – Barbara Reininger (My Kids’ Cookies) – Bainbridge Island has an abundance of women owned businesses.

It began as a small idea.  After purchasing a listing in an annual publication in the Bainbridge Review called Women in Business, I decided to hold a get together inviting all the other women that were in the publication.  I soon realized that there were many, many more Bainbridge business women that either didn’t know about the annual list or choose to use their marketing dollars in other ways.   The next networking meeting was open to any B.I. business woman.  Word spread and soon there were lots of female entrepreneurs who wanted to be part of this growing group.

In a past life (pre-cookie baker), I worked in the domain industry.  So, I purchased yet another domain (50+ domains and growing), with the idea of creating an inclusive comprehensive resource for finding whatever you need on Bainbridge Island, while also creating a way to advertise and support other island women owned businesses.

While I’m pretty darn great at baking, creating an attractive and functional website was beyond my range of skills.  Along came Debbie Hulbert, Executive Insight, Inc. Another B.I. business women, she graciously offered to join technology forces with me and create the website.  The result is Bainbridge Island’s resource for women-owned products and services.  From cookies to CPAs, we hope you find what you’re looking for.

Wander our site and see the variety of products and services you can get on the island.  We’d love to get every business listed on the site.  Pretty simple membership requirements: be a woman and own a B.I. business.  If you know of someone that should be listed, point them our way.  If you find a local business through the site, let the owner know how you found them.  And thanks for taking your time to read about our new resource site.

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This minor (not so minor in my life) holiday celebrates the glory of the cookie.  Get at least one cookie consumption on your schedule and partake of this celebration of the cookie.  Imagine life without them.  Not very yummy.

Your Taste Buds Schedule
8:00 AM Breakfast – The oatmeal raisin cookie has fruit and grain.  The healthy way to indulge yourself and still feel good about what you’re eating.

oatmeal raisin

 

10:25 AM Mid-morning snack – Shortbread and a cup of tea. shortbread stick
12:00 PM Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Cookie for dessert after a sandwich or salad for lunch.
cookie bite
2:28 PM Mid-afternoon slump – Enjoy a Brownie (it’s a close relative of the cookie and should be a part of the holiday) and cup of decaf.

brownie

 

7:10 PM Dessert – It’s finally time to indulge in a cookie.  After all, it’s National Cookie Day.

cookie monster
9:55 PM Before going to bed, send someone you love a treat from My Kids’ Cookies.
Enjoy National Cookie Day in all it’s sweetness and splendor!

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Don’t let your holiday gift get lost in the hustle and bustle of the season.  Let your family, friends and clients know you want them to enjoy your gift and not have it competing with other sweets they receive towards the end of December.  Send your “Thanksgiving” gift so they know that you’re thankful you have them in your life, or that they’re your client. 

Our freshly baked cookies are packaged and shipped as soon as they’ve cooled so your loved ones will receive scrumptious hand baked treats to savor without the guilt of overindulging during the holidays.  To shop, please go to www.MyKidsCookies.com and check off one more ‘to do’ thing from your list.

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There’s a website that remembers for you all the birthdays and other special days that you want to acknowledge for your families, friends and clients.  For a small investment of time upfront, when you enter all your names and dates, you can then ‘forget’ all those dates.  And 7 days before the special occasion, a reminder email will prompt you into action.  By sending a card or gift,  your friend/loved one/client will know you haven’t forgotten them.   And, if you want them to really smile when they realize you haven’t forgotten them, send them some cookies.  To order some scrumptious ones, go to www.MyKidsCookies.com today.  To sign up for this free service, go to www.birthday-reminders.com.

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