The Saturday after Thanksgiving is known across the country as “Small Business Saturday” — but officials at the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce don’t think one day is enough to highlight the amazing local businesses in the community.
Small Business Week kicks off in Torrance on Saturday November 26th, giving residents seven days to take advantage of more than 50 offers at participating stores.
“Our small businesses have been through a lot in the last three years,” said Donna Duperron, President and CEO of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce. “Shopping small has always been important and is likely to be even more so this year.”
The Chamber has over 100 years of experience supporting Torrance businesses – it was founded in 1913 – and has hosted Small Business Week since 2011.
This year, the Chamber enlisted the help of Torrance students to promote the event through a poster contest won by Ambassador High School student Skylar Culwell.
Her artwork can be found on the chamber’s website and social media accounts, as well as a full list of offerings from all participating companies.
Highlights, Duperron said, include 20% off all services, retail and gift cards at Zoom Room Doggy Daycare, a free moisturizing hair treatment with the purchase of any service at Fantastic Sams, and 15% off and a free gift at Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio and fun.
The week is an opportunity to help businesses continue their post-pandemic recovery and discover new ones.
Thankfully, Dupperon said, many of Torrance’s beloved small businesses have been able to stay open through the past turbulent few years.
This is thanks to community support, local government and Chamber of Commerce assistance, the Small Business Administration grant and loan programs; and business owners who are constantly forming and forging new partnerships, Duperron said.
This year, the city’s sales tax exceeded pre-pandemic levels. And in recent months, Torrance has seen an uptick in new ventures.
“In the month of October, 19 companies joined the chamber, and that was the largest number of new members in a single month since probably March 2019,” said Duperron. “Nineteen is a truly amazing number of new businesses in a 31-day period.”
The Chamber has more than 600 members on its roster. Around 60% of these are small companies, meaning they have fewer than 100 employees.
“Our small businesses have exceptional products and services to offer, and they are truly the backbone of our communities,” said Duperron. “It’s really important that our residents and our businesses support them, not just at this particular time of course, but all year round.”