Shopping Small Business Saturday can have a bigger impact than you may think

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)-One woman-owned business in Lincoln was able to experience their first black Friday in their new store this year.

“Today has totally blown us away. We didn’t know what to expect and so we are super excited and we still have a couple of hours to go. We’re just excited to build on tomorrow what we already started today,” said Ann Kaseman an employee at Sapahn.

Sapahn is a locally owned boutique that has a partnership with a group of women in Thailand.  What’s important to the owner is to have good, sustainable, fair trade products, all while empowering women.

“When I think about small businesses and small business Saturday, it’s really about those personal relationships and connections. I spent 10 years in Tyland and built this amazing supply chain empowering women in Tyland,” said Brooke Mullen Owner of Sapahn.

Sapahn has been online for nearly 11 years, but with the help of the community supporting the company, they were able to open their first brick-and-mortar store this year.

“Not only when you shop Sapahn are you supporting us as a local business, but you are also supporting the values that are embedded within the brand as well as the families that we support here, within our own company and within the community,” said Mullen.

“Icing on the cake is that we have our customers come in and we can see them face to face and not just have it be an online business anymore,” said Kaseman.

As COVID-19 continues to cause problems for businesses worldwide, supporting your favorite small businesses now can have an even bigger impact.

“This year has meant a lot to us, not only as a business but the impact we are able to create in Tyland. COVID has really hit them hard and so with our relationship being so close to them, they reached out and said hey this really means a lot this year. It’s just been amazing that as we grow our artisans, our impact grows, and that feels really good,” said Mullen.

The women of Sapahn are grateful for the sisterhood of other woman-owned businesses, as they all work together to reach success.

“One thing that has just been amazing in the College view area is there are so many Woman-Owned businesses. A lot of them are also moms who build their businesses and it’s just really infectious and really amazing to be supported by so many women within this area as well,” said Mullen.

This business is a good reminder that there are a lot of local businesses that do not yet have a storefront, so make sure to support any local business you love, both online and in-store.

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