Small Business Saturday is a time to consider shopping locally and to support your communities small business but you do not have to shop only locally to support small businesses, its okay if you want to shop online. Supporting small business is taking steps to support the back bone of the American economy!  Small businesses keep money spent in the community.

Supporting Native American small businesses is a wonderful way to give back to the Native American communities.  There are a few tips to help you to support Native American small businesses that are easy to follow and that can help you make a difference.

Tip # 1

Before you shop understand that there is a difference between Native American owned small business and a hobbyist small business. Just because the items that the business is selling seem to be Native American in nature it does not mean that the business is a Native American business. Do check first before you shop!

Tip # 2

Purchase goods and products that are created by Native American industries. Small businesses that are owned by Native Americans produce a full range of goods. Do a Google search to see if something that you are looking for can be purchased from a small business that is owned by Native Americans.

Tip# 3

Share the news! Use social media to get other people involved in shopping Native American small businesses. Send out tweets, post on facebook and use other social media to let other people know where to shop. Share your purchases through social media to get friends and family interested in shopping small Native American business.

Tip #4

You can shop online! You do not have to make it to the shop! You can shop online! It is an easy way to make sure that you are showing your support without having to travel to the store.  If you have a website or a blog share a few links to online marketplaces for Native American owned businesses.

Tip # 5

It is a great idea to shop on Small Business Saturday but do try to keep these small businesses on your list of places to shop everyday. When someone asks where you got an item tell them! Shop anytime you can and show your support. It is an easy way to do your part. Choose Native American small businesses!