Things are about to get busy for everyone in the days leading up to December 25. Most of us would be heading to the nearest big box department store to buy Christmas stuff in bulk and save money in the process. Some won’t even leave home to do their shopping at all. Instead, they’d be clicking away at Amazon or their favorite online retailer and have their purchases delivered to their doorstep.
But you know who needs a lot of love this holiday season? It’s the small business owners, the people who run small-scale specialty stores and whose clientele is made up mostly by locals. The likelihood is high that these businesses are run more with passion than operating capital. But these businesses have a tremendous impact on the community of which they are a part.
Chef Nikky Phinyawatana was one of the small business owners featured in 620AM KEXB‘s “In the Know” special #ShopSmall episode last Black Friday. Debbie Saviano and Stacey Schieffelin, two of the co-founders of Women’s Leadership LIVE, took over the show in behalf of Brian Glenn for this episode. US Small Business Administration head and Women’s Leadership LIVE co-founder Linda McMahon also made an appearance.
Women’s Leadership LIVE and the #ShopSmall Campaign
Small business owners are the focus of the #SmallBusinessSaturday and #ShopSmall campaigns in many countries year after year. The reason is these businesses contribute hugely not just to their community’s economy but to their overall strength as well. So, when you support small businesses in your locale, you actually help strengthen your community.
Women’s Leadership LIVE (WLL) is a platform in which women entrepreneurs can connect with other women business owners. It’s a venue in which these entrepreneurs can learn ways to grow their business and equip themselves to become leaders in their chosen industry. It’s also a forum in which they can find and give support to entrepreneurs like them.
The WLL community is made up of 85 million women entrepreneurs and professionals across the country. The organization recently partnered with TV retailer HSN to help WLL members take their businesses to a wider audience.
Passion Fuels Asian Mint
At the “In the Know” show, Chef Nikky Phinyawatana briefly talked about what motivated her to start Asian Mint and what keeps her going. Chef Nikky said she is passionate about what she does. She loves feeding and serving people. Moreover, it’s a great opportunity to be able to make a living doing what you love.
Chef Nikky also touched upon using only farm-fresh ingredients for her dishes. She mentioned she has people coming in at all hours of the day to deliver fresh produce to her kitchens. She added that her dishes reflect her Thai background, but she has fused them with other Asian flavors. Ms. Saviano praised the freshness of Asian Mint’s offerings as well as Chef Nikky’s efforts to create a unique experience for the people dining at Asian Mint.
We’re sending a big shoutout to Mr. Brian Glenn, Ms. Saviano, Ms. Schieffelin, and the team behind “In the Know.” Thank you for featuring Chef Nikky and Asian Mint in your program. We’re also encouraging our guests and the readers of this blog to #shopsmall this holiday season. Let’s all support the efforts of the small business owners in our locale.