This week our local business owners are preparing for one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Small Business Saturday is an important time for our neighbors who run, manage and operate their own business. On Saturday, Nov. 30, please visit these stores and show them your support.
In just 10 short years, Small Business Saturday has grown into a major shopping day. It started in 2010 as a simple way to highlight our businesses’ contributions to the community. These owners are the same men and women we have grown up with, attended school with and sit next to in church. On last year’s Small Business Saturday, Americans spent an estimated record $17.8 billion, with nearly 104 million people either making a purchase at a small store or dining at a local independently owned restaurant. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is a chance to show our local, independent businesses they are appreciated and essential to our community.
In Indiana, we have more than 500,000 small businesses employing over 1 million Hoosier workers. When we shop local, 67 cents of each dollar spent stays in our local economy. Every time we decide to buy a coffee at an independently owned café on the corner, grab lunch at the mom-and pop shop across the street, or purchase clothing from that local store around the corner, we are making a positive difference in our towns. These purchases help us keep our unemployment numbers low and make our business districts destinations for consumers, especially this time of year.
As you make your holiday lists, please look for some of your gifts at our locally owned stores and show your appreciation for these businesses that provide us with more options to shop local, strengthen our workforce, and reduce the number of empty office space. Not only should we shop local on Saturday, Nov. 30, but also shop local as often as possible. To learn more about the small businesses in our area, visit shopsmall.com, or contact a local chamber of commerce to find more stores near you.
State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.
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