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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 1:30pm

Six Tips For A Successful Small Business Saturday
NFIB preparing Main Street enterprises for November 25 event

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Nov. 14, 2017—The morning after Thanksgiving may be the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, but more and more shoppers are bypassing the malls to find unique gifts and support their friends and neighbors on Small Business Saturday.

“If you’re an independent merchant, you can’t afford to skip Small Business Saturday. Last year, shoppers spent $15.4 billion at locally-owned stores and restaurants on Small Business Saturday, which was a 13 percent increase over the previous year,” said Candace Daly, Utah state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, citing statistics from a survey by NFIB and American Express. “It isn't too late for small businesses to make the most of Small Business Saturday,” said Daly, who offered six tips for doing so:

  • Remind shoppers that you sell merchandise they can’t find anyplace else. Sixty-one percent of shoppers say they shop at small businesses to find “unique products,” according to NFIB. 
  • Showcase the merchandise that would make a great gift. Group items on a table with a sign saying it would be the perfect gift for Dad or a great gift for the grandparents. Restaurants can offer Small Business Saturday specials and gift cards. 
  • Steal a page from the Black Friday playbook and offer doorbusters. Chain stores know a great way to drive shoppers to their stores is by offering special deals at different times of the day. There's no reason a small business can't do the same thing. 
  • Stay on top of your social media. If you're on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest, post often and promote any Small Business Saturday deals. Use the hashtags #ShopSmall and #SmallBizSaturday so shoppers can find you easily. 
  • Partner with other merchants to buy advertising promoting the neighborhood as a shopping destination or team up with other businesses on in-store promotions. For example, if they buy a pair of shoes here, let them know they can save 10 percent on socks next door.
  • Promote the event to your regular customers. Put a sign in your shop and flyers in bags reminding folks to come back the Saturday after Thanksgiving for special deals.  

With 350,000 dues-paying members nationwide, including 3,500 in Utah, NFIB is the nation’s largest and leading small-business association. You can follow NFIB on Twitter, NFIB_UT, or on its webpage, www.nfib.com/utah, where you’ll find this news release posted.


For 74 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America's economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

National Federation of Independent Business/Utah
1296 West 475 South
Farmington, Utah 84025
Twitter: @NFIB_UT




BEBOP SENSORS: BopPad Smart Drum Pad: www.bebopsensors.com & www.keithmcmillen.com


BeBop Sensors, the leader in smart fabric sensor technology, created the world’s most responsive smart drum pad: BopPad, in collaboration with Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) musical instrument company. BopPad smart drum pad employs the world’s largest smart fabric sensor to create a uniquely expressive and accurate electronic drum pad for drummers, percussionists, and producers.
Price: $199
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OWC: Docks http://www.owcdigital.com:

OWC USB-C Travel Dock lets you connect its integrated USB-C cable to a Mac or PC laptop or other computer to utilize its five ports of mobile connectivity from a dock small enough to fit in a pocket.
Price $49.99
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OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock: with an amazing 13 ports, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock brings exceptional connectivity to Thunderbolt 3 laptops and computers through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable, delivering unprecedented power and speed to laptops and other devices.
Price: $299
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OWC USB-C Dock: full-featured connectivity companion lets you reconnect 10 ports of devices to your USB-C equipped computer, especially important with laptops with limited ports.
Price: $148.75
Info: https://www.owcdigital.com/products/usb-c-dock/
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OWC Drive Dock: ultimate, high-performance bare drive access tool. For creative workflows, backup, or other tasks requiring constant access to multiple drives, Drive Dock delivers a compact, easy solution with the performance of Thunderbolt 2 technology.
Price: $69.75
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OWC: Disk Failure Protection Utilities: www.softraid.com

SoftRAID: Protect files against disk failure while you work! SoftRAID’s software RAID system alerts you if a disk is failing, so you’ll have time to replace the disk, save your precious files, and carry right on working. SoftRAID also features SoftRAID Certify to check new drives before use, plus SoftRAID Easy Setup, making RAID creation super easy. SoftRAID provides peace of mind combined with fast data access in RAID levels 1, 4, 5 & 1+0. Lightning fast access speeds (but no data protection) available with RAID 0. SoftRAID is ideal for everyone who needs to safely store and access large amounts of data and who can’t afford to lose either data or time if a disk goes bad: including photogra-phers, videographers, editors, audio producers, database and media managers, advertisers, archivers, and more.
Price: $49-$179
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Buy at: https://softraid.com/store/
Website: http://www.softraid.com


SMART Alec: Essential Mac utility constantly monitors and checks drives for imminent failure. SMART Alec warns in advance if your drives are failing or about to fail, so you’ll have plenty of time to back up and replace a bad drive. Currently in Beta trial, open to all at: https://www.smartalec.biz/support/beta_test_form.html
Price: Free
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Sign up for Beta Trial: https://www.smartalec.biz/support/beta_test_form.html
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NEWERTECH: Mac/Smartphone/Tablet Accessories www.newertech.com:


NewerTech NuGuard KXs Case for iPhone X, 8, 7, 6 & 6s, & Screen Protector for iPhone/iPad:
NuGuard KX case for iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus: the KX case uses state-­of­-the-­art military-grade X­-Orbing Gel Technology to absorb and evenly distribute kinetic energy. This revolutionary technology is engineered into a one-piece design that features a hard outer shell integrated with a soft interior core, providing protection and style at a price you’d pay for a regular case. Incredibly thin at ½”, it protects your iPhone 8, 8 Plus and other iPhones against accidental drops, impacts, and scratches, while still easily fitting in your pocket.
iPhone X: $59.99 MSRP ($39.75 at most outlets)
iPhone 8: $49.99 MSRP ($29.75 at most outlets)
iPhone 8 Plus: $59.99 MSRP ($34.75 at most outlets)
iPhone 7: $49.99 ($29.99 at most outlets).
iPhone 7 Plus $59.99 ($34.99 at most outlets).
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NuGuard Screen Armor: provides incredible scratch, shatter, and impact protection for iPhones and iPads with great functionality that doesn’t impede the display, at a price you’d pay for just a basic screen cover -- for iPhone 7, 4, 5, 6, 6 Plus, SE, iPads and Galaxy S4.
Price: $1.99 - $33.99
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NewerTech NuGuard Snap-On Laptop Covers: protect your MacBook in style. The custom fit, two-piece hard shell covers with soft-touch exterior and vivid finish protects your laptop from damage, is easy to install and remove, and features rubberized feet to keep it stable and vent slots to help prevent overheating. The NuGuard Snap-On Laptop Covers are available in 11 vibrant colors and designs, including blue, purple, pink, black, white, mint green, light blue, yellow, orange, American flag design and more.
Price: $11.74 - $16.99
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NewerTech NuGuard Keyboard Cover: provides protection and style to your laptop without compromising functionality. The NuGuard Keyboard Cover has a smooth surface feel for easy typing while protecting your laptop’s delicate keyboard from wear and tear, food, and dust. The keyboard cover is super easy to install, with the option to change out the color as you’d like. Easy to clean by quickly rinsing with water and drying, the NuGuard Keyboard Cover is available in 12 colors for all MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina laptops from 2011 to current.
Price: from $9.49
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NewerTech Snuglet: if you own a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina Display, you might have noticed your power cord disconnecting frequently when you don’t want it to -- before you know it, your battery is dead. The NewerTech Snuglet is the solution: a unique precision manufactured ring designed to sit inside your MagSafe 2 connector, providing a more snug fit to prevent your power cord from unintentional disconnections.
Price: $18.99
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NewerTech Next Generation Power2U AC/USB in-wall charger: the patented AC/USB dual-socket in-wall charging solution eliminates clutter to charge up to 4 devices at once with 2 integrated USB ports and 2 additional AC plugs for simultaneous powering.
Price: $15.99-$29.95
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KIDZ GEAR: Headphones for Kids http://www.gearforkidz.com


Kidz Gear Deluxe Stereo Headset Headphones with Boom Microphone: winner of numerous awards, including USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Travel Award, the Kidz Gear wired Headphones with Boom Mic makes a great gift for children for gaming, music, and educational use. The flexible boom microphone is lightweight and clearly picks up omnidirectional sound, features proprietary KidzControl™ Volume Limit Technology to ensure child-safe listening – available in gray, pink, or blue.
Price: $19.99
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Models: http://www.thomas-pr.com/kidzgear/KidzGearHeadphoneModels4-17.pdf


Kidz Gear Bluetooth Stereo Headphones for Kids: designed specifically for children with no tangled wires, the wireless Bluetooth Headphones provide easy Bluetooth 4.0 set-up with KidzSync™ Auto-Syncing Technology and a high-quality audio experience for children. Available in blue and pink, the headphones also include a patented removable omnidirectional Boom Microphone.
Price: $29.99
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Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look as Associates Prepare for

Busiest Shopping Days of the Year


With Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday shopping just around the corner, JCPenney is preparing for one of the biggest shopping events of the year. We invite media to visit stores to get a behind-the-scenes preview of JCPenney’s most exciting Black Friday event ever. We look forward to working with you on live segments, in-store interviews, trend stories and more.




Store preparations (Nov. 14 – 22)


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Book now to secure access on Thanksgiving Day opening at 2 p.m.




Local JCPenney stores. (Visit jcp.com and click “find a store” for nearest location.)




·         Interview a local General Manager about how associates are preparing for Black Friday

·         Interview customers to find out their shopping plans for Black Friday

·         Showcase associates inside the stock room, hanging store signage and unloading merchandise from delivery trucks

·         Popular Black Friday deals include exciting offers such as:

o   $1.99 Mixit touch tech or fluffy gloves

o   $2.99 Home Expressions 100% cotton towel

o   $4.99 JoJo Siwa hair bows

o   $7.99 Cooks kitchen electrics (after $12 mail in rebate)

o   $9 Women’s St. John’s Bay cable sweater with matching $5 St. John’s Bark dog sweater

o   $14.99 wet brush and mini flat iron set

o   $15 and under beauty product deals from Sephora inside JCPenney

o   $19.99 boots for her

o   $20 1/10 CT. T.W. diamond studs or pendants in Sterling Silver

o   $23.09-$39.99 Girls’ collectibles Num Noms and Hatchimals

o   $39.99 iLive voice activated concierge wireless speaker with Amazon Alexa or $79.99 Google Home smart speaker and home assistant

o   $59.99 Keurig (after $20 mail in rebate) K55 brewer or Nutribullet

o   $199.99 Playstation 4 1 TB console

o   $279.99 KitchenAid Artisan 5-qt. stand mixer (after $60 mail in rebate)

o   $499.99 Samsung 55” class ultra HD 4K smart TV 54.6” diagonal screen

o   $995 Samsung 26 cu. ft. 3-door french-door refrigerator


If you are unable to visit a JCPenney store, download Holiday store b-roll here: http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/videos-broll.html




Contact: JCPenney Corporate Communications & Public Relations

972-431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com


Visit jcpnewsroom.com, the Company Blog or follow @jcpnews on Twitter for the latest announcements, images, and Company information.


With the average holiday spending in 2017 expected to reach more than $967, an increase of 3.4 percent since 2016 and more than 20 percent over the past two years, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2017 Holiday Budgets by City report as well as its free tool that calculates personalized holiday budgets for all WalletHub members between now and Dec. 25.
To help consumers avoid post-holiday regret, WalletHub’s analysts used several key metrics, such as income, age and savings-to-monthly expenses ratio, to estimate the maximum spending amounts for consumers in each of 570 U.S. cities.
The following are some highlights from the report:

Cities with the Biggest Holiday Budgets



Naperville, IL ($2,381)



Cary, NC ($2,027)


Sugar Land, TX ($2,368)



Troy, MI ($1,966)


Bellevue, WA ($2,367)



San Ramon, CA ($1,916)


Sunnyvale, CA ($2,360)



Ellicott City, MD ($1,905)


Carmel, IN ($2,330)



Mountain View, CA ($1,841)


Milpitas, CA ($2,262)



Flower Mound, TX ($1,825)


League City, TX ($2,225)



Pleasanton, CA ($1,806)


Maple Grove, MN ($2,221)



Newton, MA ($1,781)


Allen, TX ($2,163)



Frisco, TX ($1,740)


Columbia, MD ($2,032)



Arlington, VA ($1,736)







 Key Stats

  • Somerville, Massachusetts, has the lowest debt-to-income ratio, 21.02 percent, which is 3.9 times lower than in Reading, Pennsylvania, the city with the highest at 82.41 percent.
  • Maple Grove, Minnesota, has the lowest expenses-to-income ratio, 59.07 percent, which is 1.7 times lower than in New Britain, Connecticut, the city with the highest at 99.85 percent.
  • Kenner, Louisiana, has the highest savings-to-income ratio, 13.42 percent, which is 1.9 times higher than in Anchorage, Alaska, the city with the lowest at 7.25 percent.
  • Franklin, Tennessee, has the highest savings-to-monthly expenses ratio, 217.67 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Lynwood, California, the city with the lowest at 103.98 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: