Arvada celebrates small businesses, encourages residents to shop small

Small business accounts for 90 percent of business in Arvada

Posted 11/17/17

Nate Glore opened his bike shop, Cycle Dynamics, in Arvada a year and a half ago with a focus on bicycle repair and maintenance. “That’s what’s going to keep a bike shop open,” Glore said. …

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Arvada celebrates small businesses, encourages residents to shop small

Small business accounts for 90 percent of business in Arvada

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Nate Glore opened his bike shop, Cycle Dynamics, in Arvada a year and a half ago with a focus on bicycle repair and maintenance.

“That’s what’s going to keep a bike shop open,” Glore said. His shop does about 35 percent service work compared to the 10 percent that most bike shops do. “The best shops, the places you’re going to get the best attention, are always the smaller stores.”

Glore is one of 28.8 million small business owners in the United States gearing up for the holiday season. His shop will have sales on bikes and bike accessories starting after Thanksgiving.

According to the United States Small Business Administration, small businesses account for 99.7 percent of all businesses with employees in the United States and are responsible for 63 percent of net new jobs created over the past 20 years.

Karin Dukhert, owner and manager of Harts Dancewear, a specialty store for dancers and gymnasts, said being a small business owner allows her to fill a niche market.

“I love being a small business owner, especially in Arvada,” Dukhert said. “I enjoy being able to provide the community with something I felt it was lacking.”

Harts Dancewear recently moved about a half block west to 7703 Ralston Road.

“Small businesses create jobs, boost Arvada’s economy and preserve neighborhoods,” said Allison Trembly of the Arvada Economic Development Association. “Each purchase made in Arvada goes to pay for city services such as police, parks and street maintenance. Keeping the dollars in Arvada helps create and retain quality jobs.”

The Saturday after Thanksgiving — Nov. 25 — is known as Small Business Saturday and the The Arvada Chamber, the Arvada Visitors Center, the Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA) and Olde Town Arvada Business Improvement District are partnering in a promotion asking people to shop Arvada small businesses this holiday season, highlighting the national shopping holiday.

“In Arvada, 90 percent of businesses are small,” Trembly said. “We felt like this was the perfect campaign to jump on and say, `Now’s the time to support small business in Arvada on that day and all holiday season long.’”

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