Every November we are encouraged to support local businesses on Small Business Saturday, which ironically, is a campaign created by one of America’s largest corporations.

One of the wonderful things about being an event professional, is that with every wedding, party, and event, I get to work with other entrepreneurs who also took a chance to pursue their dream of opening a small business.

From the local bridal store to your photographer to your caterer, all of these businesses are owned and operated by someone in your community. Someone who is contributing to the economy of the town you live or work in.

Every time I reach out to another event professional, it makes me feel good to know that I am helping that individual grow their business and helping them to succeed. Deciding to open your own business can be risky, and I am thankful that I can help be a part of the reward.

So if you are planning a wedding or event this year, not only are you celebrating a milestone in your own life, you are also helping out your community. A thought that makes a joyous day even better.