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  • Shop Local, Shop Small on Small Business Saturday

    After the Thanksgiving leftovers have been packed away, the department store mania of Black Friday has died down, and just before Cyber Monday kicks the internet into a frenzy, the biggest shopping day in the country is happening in your backyard: Small Business Saturday.

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    Last year, 95 million people spent $16.2 billion shopping small on Small Business Saturday. American Express, who in year’s prior had offered monetary incentives to cardholders on Small Business Saturday, pulled back on those incentives only to see small business customers increase.

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  • In or Near Boston? Check Out Our Pop-Up Shop

    If you’re living in or staying near Boston in November and December, come see some of our top Grommets in person by visiting our pop-up shop at 899 Boylston St. (It’s across from the Prudential Center in Back Bay.) Besides being able to touch the merchandise, you can get an early start on your holiday shopping without waiting for shipping.

    See how effective Peeps are at cleaning your glasses. Feel Cactus Scratcher hit that hard-to-reach itch. Take a whiff of Duke Cannon, Walton Wood Farm, and Clear My Head then explore the rest of Boston’s premiere shopping destination.

    The Grommet Pop Up Shop

    We have Nantucket’s TownPool to thank for setting up this see-it-for-yourself opportunity. They specialize in creating visual shopping experiences and we’re thrilled to be a part of this one.

    See you in Back Bay!

    If you pop in, snap a photo and share it with us on Instagram by tagging @TheGrommet. 

  • A Salute to Our Veterans

    One of our product values at The Grommet is to promote ‘underrepresented entrepreneurs.’ They’re Makers facing extra difficulties on top of the already immense challenges of bringing a business to life. One of the groups under this underrepresented umbrella: veterans.

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    Fundera, a small business loan service, notes one in seven veterans currently seek to be self-employed or own a small business. 2.45 million veterans already do and they’re contributing $1.2 trillion in sales to the country’s economy.

    According to Fundera, “the small business world would be a shadow of itself without the contributions of military veterans.”

    It’s nothing new. Nearly half of World War II vets owned or operated a business. They had the skills. Leadership and creative problem solving easily transition from battlefield to office. And of course one of the few things riskier than starting a business is war.

    And yet, funding access remains elusive for them and all of our underrepresented entrepreneurs. With Veteran’s Day this week, let’s get patriotic. To the vets! Here are unique and innovative products made by veterans.

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  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Shelby Gogulski of Yourself Expression

     

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    Shelby Gogulski had the idea for a necklace that would hold meaning for those wearing it and turned it into a business, Yourself Expression–as a 14 year old. Now 16, she's balancing school, business, and being a kid with her launch on The Grommet and appearances on The View and, as of May 6th, Shark Tank. Hear how Shelby brought her business to life with the help of her mom, partnered with The Grommet to a heartwarming reception, and what she has her eye on for the future.

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    To learn more about Yourself Expression, watch our video here

    Don't forget to watch Shelby on Shark Tank Friday May 6th at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.

    Like what you hear? Rate, review and subscribe on iTunes.

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