Small Business Saturday on tap

Small Business Saturday on tap

Today, it's a holiday shopping tradition celebrating a greater nationwide movement dedicated to uniting communities and supporting all kinds of small businesses, from the corner store to your favorite diner - because it's unique small businesses that help local communities stay vibrant.

When it comes to shopping at holidays or any other time, the first places to check are the small local businesses where the owners know you and your community and aim to serve and please.

"Sometimes you've got to go that extra mile to support the local businesses", Armstrong says.

It's the busiest shopping weekend of the year and on Saturday, it will all revolve around small businesses.

Zogry hopes this year's Small Business Saturday incentives will continue to attract shoppers downtown not just during the holidays but year-round.

"Small Business Saturday is one of the biggest days of the year for us, and it means a lot for all the owners of small businesses for people to come out and recognize that".

Small Business Saturday on tap

"I think small business is what drives the economy", said Rich LaVecchia, who owns Charleston Angler shops in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley.

There are close to 8 million minority-owned businesses in the US, with over 2 million being black-owned businesses, according to the Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency. Seven years later and Wichita Falls entrepreneurs and customers are already making the most it, even a day in advance. "We pride ourselves that we have the local guys - when they aren't out there on the water - in here providing advice to shoppers, and that's something you can't put a price on". Among returning features like free horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa Saturdays, visitors throughout the next month will be able to take advantage of many new features, such as a Teddy bear room and a wrapped mystery gift room that raises money for the United Way.

Downtown Tipp City and the Tipp City Chamber of Commerce partnered to buy $200 in gift cards for Saturday. When they thrive, it reduces the property tax burden on the rest of us.

Visit www.shopsmall.org to find a list of participating businesses in your community, and check the websites and social media pages of area shops and restaurants to find out more about deals and sales.

Research out of Chicago notes that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the city.

Community and organizational initiatives, AE said, were in part responsible for the upticks in last year's increase in awareness and shoppers inside mom and pop shops. "Get to know the owner, and make your gift more meaningful by sharing their story as part of what you give your loved ones".

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