As 'buy local' trend grows, Small Business Saturday extends beyond weekend

As 'buy local' trend grows, Small Business Saturday extends beyond weekend

As 'buy local' trend grows, Small Business Saturday extends beyond weekend

While the world of retail seems to be moving more and more on-line, consumers are encouraged to shop local at brick and mortar stores this Saturday Nov. 25 for Small Business Saturday.

Forbes estimates that Small Business Saturday generated $15.4 billion in revenue for local shop and restaurant owner nationwide in 2016.

Mark Lipps, who heads the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, said the day was an opportunity to not only support a local business but to also keep tax dollars in the local economy as well. According to American Express, it drew about 112 million shoppers - who spent a reported $15.4 billion - to local businesses across the country previous year. "What's new and exciting and fresh and what can you find out of a local store that you can't find at a big box store", Williams said.

It's those relationships that can give these small businesses an advantage, Seymour said.

At Sweet Gourmet, owner Pam Gabriel said customers on Saturday will find high-quality products, great customer service and the rich aroma of the store's coffees and candies. From 10 a.m. -6 p.m., the greater Paris area is encouraged to take part in the Small Business Event by shopping in historic downtown Paris.

"That's essentially the same breakdown for the county and the state".

Carro agrees saying since his is a local business that "every single thing that he does can support the economy of Savannah".

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"We have good momentum going into the holiday push", LaVecchia said. About 75 percent of shoppers expect to patronize a small business during the holiday season, according to a recent study by the National Federation of Independent Businesses and American Express.

The organization provides "Buy Local" badges to certified local members to display in storefronts and maintains an online business directory for shops throughout the Charleston region. For five "Freakers" bought, they will give you one free as well. "They're passionate about what they do". Starting in 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been designated as 'Small Business Saturday'.

Jason Smith is a reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times.

Streator START will be hosting a selfie promotion during Small Business Saturday.

The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce will be open on Small Business Saturday to help promote local shopping on that day.

Small Business Saturday, taking place on November 25, is a big day for small businesses, and it can have real significance for minority business owners.

"I am offering sales and specials from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m. Saturday", said Suter. When it comes to gift shopping, nothing says family and community better than the small local business.

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