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From Small business owners: Why it’s important to shop small
Shop Small Badge

We’ve been posting about it for weeks, and Small Business Saturday is here! Whether you still have a list of people to shop for, or simply want to treat yourself today, it’s a great time to shop small. Whether you patronize your local clothing boutique, the neighborhood toy store, or even the corner coffee shop, shopping small means supporting business owners in your own neighborhood, and helping your community thrive.

Here at The UPS Store, we love our small business customers, and work closely with them to ensure we understand their challenges, goals, and to find out what they think about small business. In fact, we host a private online community of small business owners – The Small Biz Buzz – where we ask for feedback about products and services, offer access to exclusive content, speakers and products. We also use it to get to learn more about our customers.

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My business runs thanks to the support of other small businesses
APromp

As part of our series of posts leading up to small business Saturday, we’re shining the spotlight on Steve Crain, co-owner of A> Prompt Computer Service, LLC. He took some time to talk with us about his journey as small business owner.

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Living the Dream with Living Dreams Clothing
Living Dreams

As part of our series of blog posts leading up to small business Saturday, we’re shining the spotlight on Michael Poulos, owner of Living Dreams, in Scottsdale, AZ. After Michael recently returned from traveling around California and the Pacific Northwest promoting Living Dreams, he sat down to discuss the importance of supporting local small businesses.

Tell me about your business?

I founded a beach lifestyle clothing label in 2011. We make t-shirts, hats and fun casual apparel sold online and at local boutiques. The idea behind the name, Living Dreams, is to encourage others to follow their passion in life and do what they love.

I come from a line of entrepreneurs. I’ve been enthusiastic about fashion since my high school screen printing class, so I decided to give business a shot.

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Connecting with small businesses keeps Flying Connected in business
Flying Connected

Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010, is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Small Business Saturday is about more than just a single day. It’s a movement. Help us celebrate and support small business in our community and SHOP SMALL all month long.

In celebration of the Shop Small Movement, we’re shining the spotlight on our small business customers all month long. This week, we’d like to introduce you to Flying Connected, an iPad rental company based in New York City. The eight-person company has been featured in national media and counts plenty of big-name businesses and organizations in its client roster, but founder Zalmy Raskin remains committed to the belief that there are big benefits to being small.

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Everyone is Happy When they Buy Cookies
ChristinasGourmetCookies_for_TUPSS

Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010, is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country.  Small Business Saturday is about more than just a single day.   It’s a movement.  Help us celebrate and support small business in our community and SHOP SMALL all month long.

In celebration of the Shop Small Movement, we’re shining the spotlight on our small business customers all month long. Meet Christina Wherry, owner of Christina’s Gourmet, in Southington, CT, our small business customer of the week. We pulled Christina away from a fresh-out-of-the-oven tray of snicker doodles and pumpkin praline cookies to talk to us about her business and small businesses in general.

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Eliminate the Hassle of Back-to-School Shopping with School Tool Box
school supplies

Back-to-school signage line the halls and walls of retail stores, reminding children that summer is almost over and parents that they need to fill the supply lists provided by their kids’ schools. Finding everything can be a hassle – long lines, multiple shopping trips, hard-to-find products, etc.

UPS Small Business customer School Tool Box offers a convenient, consistent, cost-saving alternative that provides parents with the supplies they need without the aggravations. For more than 10 years, School Tool Box has been delivering pre-packaged school supply kits built from teachers’ lists directly to their respective schools. In 2011, the company kicked off its “Ship-to-Home” program, making it even easier for families to get the supplies they need by delivering it right to their front doors.

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My Inner Inventor
The UPS Store

I admire all of the inventors in the world. Ideas seem to just flow effortlessly into their brains. The problem for many of these inventors, however, is that they’re just ideas. Many of them never do anything with their ideas, and, ultimately, they see their dreams slip through their fingers as someone else takes their idea and makes it a reality.

There are so many inventors out there. Without the proper resources (i.e., capital), it’s difficult for them to achieve their full potential. One thing inventors lack is the know-how to take their idea from concept to creation.

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UPS CEO on Economic Headwinds
Scott Davis on Fox Business

UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis spoke with FOX Business on the state of the U.S. economy and company growth.

In the interview, reporter Andy Shapiro asked Scott, “In regards to the economy, what would you say to the president?”

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Footprints on the Moon
Deshawn Adams

“In the world, you may just be one person, but to one person (or one company) you may be the world.”

My name is Deshawn Adams, and I’m currently serving as a Sales Intern here in Atlanta. I am a rising junior at Morehouse College and have had the honor of being selected to serve as a UPS Community Service Scholar in conjunction with Morehouse College, Fickett Elementary School, and the UPS Foundation. As part of this important program, I have already completed more than 300 service hours.  I understand that one of UPS’ missions is to grow its business not only by investing in the company, but also by investing in people and communities where they conduct business.  While my experience as a scholar afforded me the opportunity to witness and participate in UPS’ philanthropic outreach, my current experience is allowing me to gain a better understanding of the business that permits this corporate culture of giving.

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A Step in the Right Direction
Kari Zimmer

Since I was a freshman in high school, it has been my dream to work for a Fortune 500 company. I remember being in a dentist office, picking up a Forbes Magazine and telling my mom it was going to feature me one day. As a first-generation college student coming from a single-parent home, I had no clue what the inside of a corporation looked like, how it worked or how I would get there. All I had was determination to succeed, passion to learn and a desire to get ahead.

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