Small Business Saturday showcases the importance of shopping local

Andi La Mar of Silk Florals in the Grand Island Plaza is one of many Island entrepreneurs encouraging their neighbors to shop small on Small Business Saturday Nov. 25

Stay local, shop small, save big on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday falls on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving - or as some know it - the recovery day after Black Friday.

Judi Mellon, director of the Hawaii Small Business Development Center in East Hawaii, told the Hawaii Tribune Herald that buying from small businesses helps a community retain 3.5 times more money than shopping at a national chain. This year approximately 100 businesses in Sterling are participating in Small Business Saturday.

"Shopping small this Saturday is the flawless opportunity for Americans to support their local community businesses and promote growth and vitality to America's booming economy during this holiday season and throughout the coming year".

Locally, Van Wert has participated in Small Business Saturday for the past few years.

A full list of Queen City stores taking part in Small Business Saturday can be found here.

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And don't forget to stop for a bite to eat at any locally owned and operated restaurant, coffeehouse, café or diner. "I believe it has also built a camaraderie of sorts within the local small business community and we share information, ideas (and) support each other". "It's nice to have mom and pop shops where you can get different things and support the people who own the stores".

The Plainfield small businesses have been supported in this year's endeavor by the Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce. We can put that little extra on top.

Those who already have favorite local businesses should check out store websites and social media pages to look for sales.

The Kyle Chamber says they reach out to chamber members before the holiday season to see what they could offer to residents. "I mean when small businesses start packing up and leaving, you really realize what they mean".

In recognizing the importance of supporting independent businesses, O'Brien has issued a Small Business Saturday proclamation declaring the special observance in West Haven. According to a consumer insights survey released by the company and the National Federation of Independent Business, total reported spending a year ago on this one day reached an estimated $15.4 billion at independent retailers and restaurants.

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