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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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Project Wishbone & Project Dog Bone = Free My Kids/Dogs Cookies

On Bainbridge Island, we’re fortunate to have two local organizations that provide wonderful help and service to human and pets –  Helpline House and PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.

A small way we’re able to help these organizations is to encourage generosity in others.  We can do that through baking.  From now until Thanksgiving, My Kids’ Cookies is sweetening the incentive to support these organizations.  Anyone that brings in canned food donations for people or pets will get a FREE cookie for them or their dog.  And we’ll drop all the donations off to the organizations in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

Wishing everyone a bountiful Thanksgiving!

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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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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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Every community has a social services agency.  Here on Bainbridge Island, we have Helpline House which provides for those in need all year long.  This time of year, they’re collecting food items for ‘Project Wishbone’ to ensure that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

My Kids’ Cookies is doing what we can to help.  Bring in some non-perishable food items to our cookie shop and we’ll give you a free cookie as our ‘thanks’.

Project Wishbone Shopping List (these items are sought after at all social service agencies):

frozen turkey, fresh potatoes or sweet potatoes, brown and white rice and rice mixes, chicken broth, yellow onions, gravy mix, fresh and canned vegetables, fresh and canned fruit, fresh or frozen pie, butter and whipped cream, sparkling cider and juices, condiments (olives and pickles, salad dressings), oils, spices and herbs, coffee and tea, special treats (crackers, nuts, dried fruits), traditional Items (candles or napkins).

And, these items are always needed at food banks:

hearty soups, chilis and stews, canned fish and meats, canned beans, cereal, fruit and vegetable juices, pasta, peanut butter and jelly.

The donation of a Grocery Store Gift Card is also greatly appreciated.  My local Safeway has a promotion going on where you can donate $5 and they’ll give a turkey breast to Helpline in time for Thanksgiving. They’ve made it very easy to help out.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all and thanks for being generous in your community.

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All you have to do to enter the contest is answer this all important question: 

What, in your opinion, makes up the ideal chocolate chip cookie?

Go to www.Cakespy.com to post your thoughts on the perfect cookie and you’ll be entered in the drawing to win a great semi-sweet chocolate chip cookie from My Kids’ Cookies and pack of Cakespy notecards.  Spread the word to cookie lovers everywhere!  The world wants to know what your cookie should taste like. Contest ends December 15th so don’t delay.

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Dear Barbara,


This just in – the top 10 reasons to gift My Kids’ Cookies early this year:

10) No need to remember what size sweater your Uncle Ed wears.

9)   Last year, your brother-in-law regifted your Christmas gift back to you.

8)  Your credit card gas charges add up to more than the # of digits in the card #.

7)   Your nephew’s wish list includes a cell phone, ipod and laptop for starters.

6)   You won’t have to wait in loooooooong lines at the mall.

5)   Sending early ensures that your gift will stand out.

4)   One stop shopping now leaves time later for enjoying what the season is about.

3)   Your family, friends and clients will know you appreciate them all year long, not just at the holidays.

2)   In these tough economic times, it’s a delicious and affordable gift for everyone.

1)   Everyone loves cookies!

Order today at My Kids’ Cookies and we’ll get your cookies baked and shipped while you check off another thing on your ‘To Do’ list.  All that’s left is for your friends to sit, savor a hand baked cookie and smile.

Think of us as Santa’s early helper.

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