One of my favorite days of the year is FINALLY here – Small Business Saturday! I am passionate about small businesses, y’all. I grew up in family businesses – my mom owned a preschool and her father owns a welding business – and it was such a cool experience (and totally explains my entrepreneurial spirit! Haha) Watching my mom run a business day in and day out is something I truly appreciate. I grew up feeling like I could take on the world, because I watched my mom take on the world every day.
When I graduated college, I kind of fell into a job in small business development. I had the opportunity to work with small business owners every day, and it was incredible.
In honor of Small Business Saturday, I’m excited to shine a spotlight on six female small business owners. I encourage you to check them out and consider purchasing your Christmas gifts from them.
Carolina Dandy // As a monogram lover, Carolina Dandy is my heaven. The business specializes in embroidered monograms on really anything you could imagine – baseball caps, totes and weekender bags like mine above, and cozy clothing. To top it all off, owner Addison is one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. Carolina Dandy’s website states that they exist to show customers the best in Southern hospitality and provide you with beautiful, monogrammed gifts, and that’s exactly what Addison does.
photo courtesy of Confetti Social
Confetti Social // My friend Jenny is the blogger behind Breakfast at Lilly’s and has also been running her own business for a little over a year now! Jenny took the leap of faith to leave her corporate marketing job to open Confetti Social, a company that offers blogging and social media strategy services to entrepreneurs.
Jenny is great at what she does, but she is a Pinterest guru. Her course PinPossible is currently on sale for $47, which is $50 off! The sale is valid through Monday.
This insanely sweet photo is courtesy of jenny present®
jenny present® jewelry // I met Jenny through theSkimm, and I instantly fell in love with her jewelry. Not only are the products insanely gorgeous, but they’re created with the intention to inspire and empower the women that wear them. The company’s clients include everyone from a-list celebrities to women just like you and I. There truly is something for everyone on the site. (Like this hamsa pendant that is calling my name!)
In the spirit of Small Business Saturday, receive this pendant for free (personalized any way you wish) with a $100 purchase. Use code SHOPSMALL. (You must have at least $100 in product and the pendant in your cart for the code to work.)
Mimi Mae Boutique // Cori and I took dance together back when I was in high school. Even then (which feels like a million years ago), Cori knew she would work in fashion. In August 2016, Cori opened her own brick and mortar store, Mimi Mae Boutique. There’s a good chance you’ve seen a Mimi Mae product on my Instagram feed, and you can learn all about Cori and Mimi Mae from our interview this February!
Cori is offering lots of sales for Small Business Saturday:
- Jewelry & clothes – 15% off
- Bando. cups – 15% off
- All ornaments – 20% off
- Mud Pie home – 25% off
- Shoes – 30% off
Photo courtesy of Pieces of Me
Pieces of Me // You’ll be seeing more of Pieces of Me on the blog very soon, and I’m really excited to introduce you to their products today. Pieces of Me is a jewelry company that wants you to put your personality traits on display – sometimes to give others a glimpse into your personality and other times to remind you of your strengths and keep you inspired and encouraged. (I’m the proud owner of a determined cuff!)
Today you can receive 20% off of your Pieces of Me purchase with the code BLACKFRIDAY.
Sparkle Etc with Lindsey // I met Lindsey through Millennial Blogger Network! (Check out her blog here.) Lindsey recently started a Senegence business, which is the brand that sells long lasting cosmetics like LipSense.
Lindsey is offering four different packages for Small Business Saturday:
- Lovable Lips package ($95) – choice of three colors, one gloss, and one remover
- Enviable Eyes package ($76) – choice of two shadows, one mascara, and one brow color
- Fabulous Face package ($95) – choice of one blush, one foundation, and one concealer
- Build your own package (10-15% off) – choice of 3-5 items for 10% off or 5+ for 15% off
I hope that if you’re shopping today, you’ll take a few moments to check out these awesome, woman-owned small businesses! I’m off to celebrate Small Business Saturday by checking out some cute brick and mortar shops!
I want to hear from you – what are your favorite small businesses?