Indiana is home to more than 520,000 small businesses employing over 1.2 million Hoosiers. These are our neighbors, friends and family members who work hard to provide quality goods and services. Whether in person, online or by making a call, we can all do our part to support small businesses on Saturday, Nov. 28 and beyond.
For a decade now, we recognized the Saturday after Thanksgiving as "Small Business Saturday" to highlight the importance of turning to local shops, restaurants and independently owned businesses for our holiday needs and wish lists. From Monastery Baked Goods in Ferdinand, Hoosier Junction Gift Shop in Sulphur or Tell City Pretzels in Perry County, we have many great choices when shopping.
To find local businesses, turn to social media, area news outlets and IndianaGrown.org, which is an online resource consumers can use to connect directly with fellow Hoosiers selling or producing Indiana-made products. Another statewide directory is IndianaOriginals.com. This network highlights Hoosier owned, operated or franchise-free businesses.
Small businesses play an integral role in our communities. From providing jobs, goods and services, to sponsoring local events, we count on small businesses for a lot. And, they support the economy. When shopping local, 67 cents of each dollar spent stays in the community. That's money reinvested in our local needs and improving our quality of life.
Whether for antiques, clothing, jewelry, food and so much more, stay local. This Christmas, we can all give the gift of our support for small businesses in our area. As Hoosiers, we stick together and help our neighbors, so let's do just that for our small-business owners on Saturday, Nov. 28 and beyond. Have a blessed holiday season!
State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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