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Shop Small: Local businesses you can support for Small Business Saturday

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Small business Saturday has grown into a movement. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a shopping holiday that puts emphasis on creating and supporting our community. 

In 2011 Congress designated a National Small Business Saturday that happens to fall on November 26th this year. 

Local businesses want you to keep them in mind when shopping for the perfect gift this holiday season, a time where they typically have struggled to compete with big department stores and even more recently, the movement towards online shopping. 

So why should you shop small? Aside from helping a local person keep their doors open for business, shopping small has a bigger impact on our community at large. 

  • Shopping small keeps your dollars in our local economy. For every $100 you spend locally, $68 of that stays in our community. If you spend the same $100 at a national chain, only $43 stays in the community. 
  • Business pay sales taxes to the city and county they are located in. That money is then  used to support schools, sidewalks, parks, roads and fund public service workers.
  • Shopping local provides a majority of the jobs for people in our community. According to the Small Business Administration, since 1990, big businesses eliminated 4 million jobs, while small businesses added 8 million jobs.
  • Small business provide a greater variety of buying options. Small business have the same access to vendors that big box stores do and if you can't find what you're looking for, ask the owner. Small businesses are often more receptive to accommodating your needs. 
     

Above is a map with a sample of the small businesses recommended by you on the KHQ Facebook page. These are just some of the businesses you can get out and support for Small Business Saturday. If you would like to see what other businesses in your area are participating in the shopping holiday, click here and search by location: http://tinyurl.com/j3om42t

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