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And they're hitting these big box stores up -- American Express.
It's putting a focus on small businesses are hosting a second annual small business Saturday tomorrow.
And joining us now to one of those small business owners Maria bar owner of the butter -- cupcake company.
American Express to go and you guys -- -- that's a pretty big.
For -- is a huge deal for us is a huge deal for us and for all small business owners.
What American Express is doing is just incredible they're really they're giving us all -- nice -- this holiday season.
You know they felt like there's Black Friday -- Cyber Monday.
Small business Saturday just made a lot of sense to them in -- make some -- -- to us because we're we're gonna realize.
-- deceptive I didn't know business that the united you know about a last year when I caught a few commercials -- -- -- on its side and definitely does he think.
You think you'll see several significant impact because -- Absolutely last year we saw we doubled our business last year on this today.
Which we tomorrow.
And issue even have to do better than that we're doing a promotional alongside it where we're offering five dollars off.
Our thirty dollar dozen and so for their 25 dollar refund.
Right now let's talk about your business how the economy is impacting -- you've been around for three years and you have to locations outside you're definitely doing a great great job but.
It's still tough out there right it is very.
Hard it's it's a dog fight as the -- like to think of it it's done.
It's you know I think there are a lot of people he decided in this economy to go ahead and try something new -- when they left their.
They're you know career whatever four for whatever reason.
It was a good opportunity for them to start something new and so.
There are a lot of people doing what we're doing a lot of small small businesses and.
Philadelphia is up cupcake business is -- cutthroat business it is cut throat and you're seeing particularly if is a very -- hot thing and it's a -- and.
Lot of people can afford even if it is six dollars right -- you how do you work that -- with commodity cost because you are right in the heart not involve -- rising commodity cost that's exactly right and we started out with a three dollar cup -- we started -- -- -- two dollars and five cents -- when we first launched three years ago.
As commodities have gone up we've had to increase our price a little bit but we still are very competitive price wise.
But you're right everything affects everything else and for us -- -- goes up you know we're about Elaine I mean we have to we have to react to that.
But it on on the other hand you hit the nail on the head when you said that people still.
Want a luxury and so you know for 325 -- can come in and have something made was really great.
High quality ingredients and spend a little bit of money in get a nice -- for themselves.
You know one of the things so that people just you know.
Average people -- we see rushing into these stores -- -- there are a few extra bucks in -- pocket from its payroll tax thing.
Are you watching Washington DC for some of the actions or inaction coming out of there and how might impact your business.
I'd like to say that I was doing that more than I probably am I have two business partners -- -- on the shop with and between the three -- -- we try to keep up on everything that's going on but I'll tell you just running the shot -- today.
It's such a full time job it's such a hard job.
Yes we should pay a little bit more attention but we know we are affected by by what goes -- -- having said that you think that occupant doors aren't aren't respected enough and and you know when you hear about may be higher and higher paying higher taxes and maybe about some of the demonization you work really very hard -- -- do you have any resentment toward the narrative and that's coming out of Washington because ultimately they're going to be in that bracket maybe you already are.
That some people want to tax more.
I don't have any resentment I think that it is it's a challenging.
Time and I think that what's going on in Washington is.
There's a lot to fix and I think that.
That I you know I could be resentful if they if -- had the time to do that I guess yeah.
And I choose not to because it's it's not it doesn't help me it doesn't help the business in any way.
I think Washington is doing -- -- -- a job as they can do could they be doing better absolutely -- -- always be doing better yes.
In every decade in every administration we've seen.
We got to wrap up -- before let's go than what is your greatest fears as a business and my greatest fear is that we -- cupcakes to the into the it's.
This very well and they're gonna get your your gonna get this -- Yeah.
At the fine now I now live there we're making like now we gotta get -- fresh ones -- -- that you daily above thanks a lot can make you so much regulation I appreciate.
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