According to a new survey from American Express, 55% of small business owners expect Small Business Saturday to make a significant contribution to their overall holiday sales this year. One group of small business owners gathered in the Rochester area as a way to also help educate the community about their culture.
Small Business Saturday means even more to small businesses and creators in the Native Made market.
“Saturday is a small business and we are a small business, so we decided to change people's perspectives and bring together Native creators and entrepreneurs from different countries to focus on Indigenous visibility. ” said Angelina Hilton, founder of the Native Maid organization.
That includes Native creators like Clifford Redeye III, a Seneca artist who grew up on Allegheny territory.
“You're telling a story and passing it on, so a lot of my art work is that,” said Redeye, owner of Redeye Leather Company.
He specializes in handcrafted leather goods with a touch of pop culture and Seneca culture mixed in.
“People put so much effort into it, so I think a day that highlights that is very important,” he said.
This day allows him and other Indigenous creators to educate their communities through their small businesses.
“Leather is a big part of our culture and there was something about tools that appealed to me,” he said.
“The fact that we're on Haudenosaunee land that's home to six different countries, what makes us locally less than the original inhabitants of this land?” Hilton said. Certain areas are really important. ”
This day was not only a celebration of small and medium-sized enterprises, but also the origins of small and medium-sized enterprises.
“Every booth you go to, you learn a little bit about each country and its people,” Redeye said. “Even if I don’t get anything, I think I’ll get something.”