This Saturday is “Small Business Saturday”
With Black Friday coming up tomorrow, it’s important to remember the smaller, local businesses and shop them on Small Business Saturday
Duluth Pack might be the definition of a small business. The 140thth The anniversary of the founding of the Duluth Pack is just a few weeks away. In 2007, Tom Sega bought the company. He had used his products for years and was impressed. “I’m just in love with this brand and thought it could be so much bigger than it was then and here we are today 15 years later and just having a great time and reaching out and expanding and people love our brand and what we are and our core values.”
It’s the quality of the products and commitment to a lifetime warranty that Sega says has helped set the company apart from its competitors. “We have a team that is dedicated, very experienced and committed enough when they came to us a few years ago and said can we sign these bags? That’s called pride, and every bag you buy from Duluth Pack has the person who handmade it, their signature and the day it was made on the bag.”
The company is still small, with around 100 employees, but has grown since it was acquired by Sega. “We have our production right here, which we have had in the same building where we make our bags since 1911. As we grew, we had to expand. So we actually have what we call our Garfield News building, which is our marketing and our web building, then we have our distribution center on Garfield Avenue, which is our distribution center, customer service, reception, customer service and wholesale all happen from there. So as we grow, we’ll take up more space in Duluth, and that’s great for the city too.”
Sega is passionate about getting people to shop with small businesses, not just on Small Business Saturday, but all year long. He says these companies are the engines that make cities, states and the whole country run. “Small Business Saturday is important not only for Duluth Pack, but for every small business out there. I beg people please support small businesses. This could be your friends, this could be your family, these could be your loved ones who work in or own these small businesses and every sale they make is important to them. So on Small Business Saturday, but really every day of the year, shop diligently and try to shop small business, shop local. It’s making a difference in your community.”
Another benefit of shopping local that Sega pointed out is that the products you buy there are more likely to be made in the US.
Duluth Pack owner Tom Sega will appear on the Fox News show “Fox & Friends” from New York City this Saturday morning.
Duluth Pack is one of three companies featured on Small Business Saturday as part of the program.