Chamber to serve as Small Business Saturday welcome center

Shop locally

"The dollar you spend with a local business - be it retail, with a service provider or an experience-based outing - is recirculating throughout the community, being passed along from neighbor to neighbor", she said.

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

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.

"Only your small local shop can provide that personal touch and make both the gift - and the thought - count". Seven years later and Wichita Falls entrepreneurs and customers are already making the most it, even a day in advance.

"The heartbeat of America really is small business", says Wilkerson.

Most probably don't think too hard about where they go to do that, but this Saturday local business owners and the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce are hoping everyone will give "where" some serious thought.

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

Local holiday shopping, she said, "often is the time of year that helps to keep business' doors open throughout the year".

Since its launch by American Express in 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been set aside to draw holiday shoppers' attention to the brick and mortar small businesses that remain the economic backbone of local communities. "Every dollar spent in Livingston County benefits our community not only through the sales tax generated, but through the multiplying effects of keeping the dollars spent circulating locally". "You want to make sure you can get into those stores and see everything they have to offer". "They're passionate about what they do".

"Small Business Saturday, it's a pretty big holiday for downtown", Potter said.

"We have shifted away from a one-day event to a monthlong campaign", said Betsy Potter, director of operations for the Downtown District.

The district hopes Small Business Saturday, scheduled for November 25, will boost its downtown businesses, 90 percent of which are independently owned, according to a Downtown District news release about the event.

The event will feature arts, crafts, and an array of other items by local artists, crafters and other small business owners from 9 1 p.m. Saturday.

With over 130 unique shops, around 80 restaurants, 40 friendly bars, more than 40 attractions, and over 200 other services according to Wilmington Downtown Inc., residents and visitors are likely to find a gift that speaks to the culture of the Cape Fear Region.

"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.

"We need to say thank you to these guys who took a risk on our community", she said. Many small businesses are happy to ship your gifts for free.

"We are always pushing the "Buy Local" theme throughout all of our marketing", LaVecchia said.

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