Shop local: Small Business Saturday is this weekend

Small Business Saturday

"It seems like Small Business Saturday has really grown over the last few years and I think more people are taking advantage of the opportunity to spend more time with their families after Thanksgiving and do some downtown shopping", Mainstreet Piqua Execuive Director Lorna Swisher said.

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday was born of an idea from credit card giant American Express in 2010.

"By shopping or dining at local businesses, not just on Small Business Saturday, but throughout the year, you're showing your support for small businesses and making a positive impact in your community", Hill said.

"If us as small businesses don't have that revenue to give back to the community that we're part of that support us, then we won't see that growth that everybody can get excited about", Zander said.

Please visit them in person, beginning Saturday and throughout the holiday season because when you buy here, you not only support your friends and neighbors, but local jobs, governments, schools, events and charities.

Small Business Saturday is a nation-wide shopping holiday held to recognize small businesses' contributions to their communities. This event has continued to grow over the years as shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to shop small and show their neighborhood pride.

Participating businesses will be offering fun giveaways, special promotions and more all day long. Williston is among communities nationwide that will promote Small Business Saturday, to raise awareness of the important role that small business plays in the health of a community.

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One of my goals in leading the U.S. Small Business Administration is to revitalize a sense of entrepreneurship in America.

She also added that the day is a ideal opportunity for shoppers to learn more about Shawnee Chamber business members and other area businesses.

"I have to have big blowout sales to compete with the big box store because I can't compete any other way", Mueller said.

Karma Boutique in Downtown Rapid City has been open for six years now and the operations manager says more and more people are shopping local.

Small town businesses don't have the luxury of slashing prices 75 percent, but the Polk County Chamber of Commerce is working to level the playing field by offering incentives to shop local. "Get to know the owner, and make your gift more meaningful by sharing their story as part of what you give your loved ones".

Small businesses, like the rest of the retail industry, anticipate a healthy holiday shopping season.

Examples of these young businesses are The Carta Valley Market, The Vinyl Door, Grit Fitness, Hamilton Pet Resort and 421 Coffee House and Bistro, Venable said, and more local businesses are slated to open in the coming months.

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