Above / Grow your heart and the local economy by supporting small businesses in your community on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.  Shopping, dining, banking locally whenever possible, no matter where you live, is a good thing during this holiday season and every day! Plus, many local businesses offer online services and home delivery, too. Cheers to better business! Thanks for scrolling to the bottom of this post for more about the Grinch Hunt.

Chicago – November 23, 2018 – Better Business Bureau (BBB) is pleased to support Small Business Saturday, slated for Nov. 24, 2018, for the sixth year and urges consumers to support small businesses in their local community. In 2017, 108 million consumers reported shopping or dining at a locally-owned business on Small Business Saturday. Ninety percent of consumers surveyed about Small Business Saturday said the event had a positive impact on their local community, according to American Express.

“More than 90 percent of all businesses both nationally and locally are small businesses, and BBB is proud to support them,” said Steve Bernas, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.

BBB tips for Small Business Saturday 

Find the Little Friends Giving Tree and a Toys for Tots Collection Box at Busey Bank in Naperville Plaza. Thanks for supporting local nonprofit initiatives on Giving Tuesday and during the holiday season, too.

Get involved. Find out what local events are happening in your area on the Small Business Saturday website or check with Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce or merchants’ association known as Downtown Naperville Alliance (DNA).

Do your research. Check out businesses ahead of time and find out what past customers have to say at bbb.org. Find out what stores and businesses in your area are participating in Small Business Saturday by going to shopsmall.org.

Ask for gift receipts and save warranty information. A gift receipt can be tucked into a gift item or card so that the recipient can return or exchange a gift if it’s not just right. Be sure to ask for one whenever you’re purchasing a gift, and make sure you are aware of the return/exchange policy. 

Check social media. Many small businesses will advertise their SBS sales via social media, so be sure to check your favorite small businesses on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Use #ShopSmall to search for information or to share plans with your friends.

Share your experience with us! Take a selfie at your favorite small business. Share it on social media with the hashtags #BBB and #ShopSmall and tell the world why you love small businesses.

About Better Business Bureau 

For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2017, people turned to BBB more than 160 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org.

There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Chicago and Northern Illinois which was founded in 1926 and serves counties from Northwest Illinois across the State to Kankakee and all the areas in between. 

Submitted by the BBB Newsroom for the Better Business Bureau Serving Chicago & Northern Illinois. 

Editor’s Note! Find out more about Naperville’s Business Community north, east, west and south (N.E.W.S.) that welcomes your business and your inquiries every day!

Downtown Naperville / Discover more than 300 merchants with shopping and dining opportunities.

Dine Naperville / Find more than 260 eateries throughout the community.

IndieBound Naperville / Find more than 150 independently-owned enterprises throughout Naperville N.E.W,S.

Naper Settlement / 6th Annual Naper Lights / Christkindlmarket / Enjoy seasonal events at Naper Settlement that include Santa visits planned from Nov. 23 through Dec. 23, 2018.

Where’s the Grinch?

From now though Dec. 27, the annual Grinch Hunt returns to Naperville to engage youngsters in the local independent business community, the group known as “IndieBound Naperville” with the bright red signs displayed in shop windows.

The familiar grumpy, green and grouchy character will be hidden (Look for the Grinch image featured here.) in nearly 50 independently-owned stores and businesses in Naperville.  It’s all part of the annual Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes promotion this holiday season. Pick up info and a playing card at Anderson’s Bookshop, located in downtown Naperville.

Local Grinch Hunt more fun than movie

During the last IndieBound Naperville meeting, several members reported that the colorful new Grinch movie doesn’t compare to the original version. Subsequent reads of the reviews find the new movie has received mostly three stars out of five, and much less than raves for the new adventures in Whoville. Perhaps it will be just as enjoyable to simply join the fun and find the Grinch around Naperville at a small independent business that welcomes you during the holiday season. Cheers!

Plus, wouldn’t it be fun for young Grinch seekers to grow their hearts by donating a gently-used coat to the Rotary Coat Drive or giving a new toy to the Toy for Tots collection or finding out more about the Little Friends Giving Tree?