by Scarlett Salem (View FULL STORY online on Hyattsville Life & Times)
This year, more national retailers unlocked their doors on Thanksgiving Day, kicking off the Black Friday shopping frenzy earlier than ever. But some shoppers waited for the deals from independent stores on November 30: Small Business Saturday. Ironically enough, it was a big business-American Express-that came up with the idea in 2010, inviting small businesses to register for the program. Cardholders get a $10 rebate once they spend at $ 10 at a participating store on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The idea quickly caught on and has been growing ever since, according to American Express.