Local Shops to Celebrate 'Small Business Saturday'

25 November, 2017, 01:19 | Author: Katrina Soto
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The holiday shopping season kicks off with some larger retailers opening Thursday evening, or on Black Friday, but for local retailers Small Business Saturday is their big push to fetch local shoppers.

Small Business Saturday "is a big deal for us, and we like to offer big deals to customers just to show our appreciation", Warren said.

"I definitely think it's important to take care of our local retailers and you know, we want Wichita Falls to thrive with local businesses and especially people that are trying to make their business work here", shopper Ashley Thomas said.

Ally Suter of 2 Begin Again Boutique in the Southern Lights Shopping Center on Marion Road in Bucyrus is one of many local small business owners participating in Small Business Saturday, that is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce will be open on Small Business Saturday to help promote local shopping on that day. The spirit of Small Business Saturday is simple - connect with your community, contribute to the local economy, pick out meaningful gifts and actually touch them, see them with your own eyes, and maybe have them gift-wrapped.

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide promotion to encourage holiday shoppers to shop at local businesses. "On Small Business Saturday, you'll get a lot of people coming out for the first time discovering small businesses that didn't know that were right in their backyard".

Columbia also gets in on the Shop Small movement with stores in Five Points offering sales and specials on Saturday.

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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. According to American Express, it drew about 112 million shoppers - who spent a reported $15.4 billion - to local businesses across the country a year ago.

Shopping local also had a indirect impact on the on other business when retailer are customers of local printers, accountants, attorneys and other retailers, she said. And this business is one example of why the "Shop Small" campaign is being pushed.

"Free gift wrap, local deliver, special hours", says Wilkerson.

There will be opportunities to win prizes from local businesses as well as an opportunity to enter into a drawing to win 1-thousand dollars from local sponsors.

Small businesses are the engine of our national economy.

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. And when buying a gift for someone that is truly special, one needs to see it, touch it, connect with it in a way that one can not while staring at a computer screen.



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