Small business advice from 17-year-old CEO

Tyla-Simone Crayton has accomplished a lot for a 17-year-old: She is the founder and CEO of Sienna Sauce, with her chicken wing-style sauces sold in over 70 retail stores across the U.S. In 2019, her company generated $192,000 in revenue, she previously told CNBC Make It. To date, she has landed over $45,000 in funding through pitch competitions and has raised nearly $200,000 through crowdfunding investors.

Today, Crayton continues to grow her brand and has no plans of slowing down.

“I want [Sienna Sauce] to be a household name,” she said. “And [the business] will be passed down through generations.”

Crayton learned a lot building her business and from people she met along the way – including self-made billionaire Mark Cuban. Here are four pieces of advice Crayton has for other small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Ask questions and continue to learn

“Never be afraid to ask questions,” says

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Holiday Market opens for Small Business Saturday

Local shops are hoping to recoup some of the losses they’ve taken during the pandemic.

GULFPORT, Fla. — It’s Small Business Saturday and local shops are hoping to boost their bottom line after financial losses from the pandemic.

More than 100 local vendors will be set up on Beach Boulevard South in Downtown Gulfport for the Holiday Market. It runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. 

You’ll find a full list of vendors here, or check out the map below.

“We all know 2020 has been awful for many businesses, but especially small businesses like us, says Pippa Hill. She sells handcrafted jewelry and home goods through her shop Jacaranda Hill.

“Since March we haven’t had a chance to actually go out there and sell our goods in person and this event is basically a boost for us. We are so looking forward to coming together as

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Short North shops hoping Black Friday, Small Business Saturday bring shoppers

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Small business owners in central Ohio have been sitting on the edge of their seats for months now, waiting to see what the holiday shopping season will bring.

Between Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, these stores do a significant amount of their annual business, but they are worried they won’t see success like in previous years.

Normally, the Short North would be bustling, restaurants packed and shopping bags on everyone’s arm. But this year doesn’t quite look that way.

Even though the foot traffic isn’t there, that doesn’t mean local businesses aren’t seeing sales.

People like Jamie Wagers said despite COVID-19 concerns, they would rather visit local stores than shop online.

“I still like to try things on, so I still found myself shopping in store also,” Wagers said.

But clearly it isn’t everyone that feels comfortable following her

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45 Facts About Small Businesses in America

Small businesses accounted for a whopping 99.9% of companies in the U.S. in 2019, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The number can be partly attributed to the administration’s broad definition of a small business as any firm with fewer than 500 employees, but it also reflects how embedded entrepreneurship is in American culture. We watch in awe as once-small startups, like Twitter and Slack, transition into hugely successful ventures that are part of our everyday lives. We binge-watch old episodes of “Shark Tank,” eager for inspiration for the next great business idea. And many of us dream of starting our own companies by dipping our toes into entrepreneurship with side hustles.

Business ownership has always required grit, hard work, and old-fashioned luck to find success. But running a business during the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown all the usual rules to the sidelines, as restaurants and bars facilitate

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Small Business Saturday 2020: Support Them In Loganville, Grayson

LOGANVILLE-GRAYSON, GA — Small businesses have been the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, making Small Business Saturday in 2020 more vital than ever. This year, the all-local shopping event falls on Nov. 28 including in Loganville and Grayson.

Independently owned boutiques, gift shops, mom-and-pop hardware stores, restaurants and the like in Loganville and Grayson are facing unprecedented challenges due to coronavirus-related restrictions and shutdowns.

The list of Small Business Saturday participants continues to grow, despite the pandemic. Here are some of the businesses that have signed up so far:

Temporary closures, capacity restrictions, decreased demand for products and services and delays due to supply-chain issues have led to unprecedented challenges for small-business owners.

But the “Shop Small” movement continues amid these hardships.

“This holiday season looks a little different, but we can still share joy,” American Express, which established Small Business Saturday in 2010, said in a statement. “Shop

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Small Business Saturday more important than ever amid COVID pandemic

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — This year’s “Small Business Saturday” may be the most important ever, as many small businesses are hurting through the coronavirus pandemic.

The New York City small business commissioner will be touring the five boroughs on Saturday, including in Marcy Square, encouraging people to get out and support local businesses whether in person or online.

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This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an initiative to provide interest free loans of up to $100,000 to the city’s small businesses.

“We have got to help our small businesses in any way possible, the city has done everything from grants and loans, we did that before even the federal government,” de Blasio said. “To giving out free PPE to keep stores and their customers safe to to opening up streets and sidewalks for outdoor dining and open

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Small Business Saturday 2020: Local shops find creative ways to bring in sales amid pandemic

CHICAGO (WLS) — After Black Friday, it’s Small Business Saturday and this year it is especially important for family-owned businesses that are struggling to survive during the pandemic.

On a quiet Friday night in the northwest suburbs, Dave Capelle hopefully prepared for a busy holiday shopping weekend.

“As you look through you will see everyday merchandise, like candle holders, vases, candles, clocks, lamps,” Capelle said.

The downtown Arlington Heights home décor and unique gift shop Bracket and Company is gearing up for Small Business Saturday.

“Every day we have people that come in and say that they are shopping local only because they understand the importance of a unique boutique-style store like this,” Capelle said. “We are not Target, not Walmart, not Amazon. We cannot offer you overnight delivery, but we can offer you exceptional customer service and a unique item that you probably would not find somewhere else.”

In

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Small Business Saturday: Help Reisterstown Businesses Stay Afloat

REISTERSTOWN, MD — Small businesses have been the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, making Small Business Saturday in 2020 more vital than ever. This year, the all-local shopping event falls on Nov. 28 including in Owings Mills and Reisterstown.

Independently owned boutiques, gift shops, mom-and-pop hardware stores, restaurants and the like in Bel Air are facing unprecedented challenges due to coronavirus-related restrictions and shutdowns.

The list of Small Business Saturday participants continues to grow, despite the pandemic. Here are some of the businesses that have signed up so far:

Temporary closures, capacity restrictions, decreased demand for products and services and delays due to supply-chain issues have led to unprecedented challenges for small-business owners.

But the “Shop Small” movement continues amid these hardships.

“This holiday season looks a little different, but we can still share joy,” American Express, which established Small Business Saturday in 2010, said in a statement. “Shop

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Small Business Saturday 2020: Help Them In Stoneham

STONEHAM, MA—Small businesses have been the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, making Small Business Saturday in 2020 more vital than ever. This year, the all-local shopping event falls on Nov. 28 including in Stoneham.

Independently owned boutiques, gift shops, mom-and-pop hardware stores, restaurants and the like in Stoneham are facing unprecedented challenges due to coronavirus-related restrictions and shutdowns.

The list of Small Business Saturday participants continues to grow, despite the pandemic. Here are some of the businesses that have signed up so far:

Temporary closures, capacity restrictions, decreased demand for products and services and delays due to supply-chain issues have led to unprecedented challenges for small-business owners.

But the “Shop Small” movement continues amid these hardships.

“This holiday season looks a little different, but we can still share joy,” American Express, which established Small Business Saturday in 2010, said in a statement. “Shop small and support your favorite small

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SHAREMRKT Pop-Up Shop Launches On Small Business Saturday

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Gina Farish has created an easy way to support small businesses while also giving back to local nonprofits.

SHAREMRKT, an online pop-up shop focusing on sustainable products, is launching tomorrow as part of Small Business Saturday. The shop includes unique gift bags filled with ethically-sourced products from artisans, while 50% of proceeds benefit nonprofits.

Gift bags vary from $15-$100 and each bag includes two or three gifts crafted by local artisans. Choose from a variety of products including a handmade ceramic bowl from People’s Pottery, a vegan dog collar by Royal Bone, hand-knit scarf designed by Felling Moody, sweet treat organic vegan cookies and chai tea from Wild Terra, and a one-of-a-kind handmade mug from artist, Michael Perkin. There’s also an option of adding a personal greeting in a stylish sustainable “more sharing more

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