Shop owners encourage Wichitans to shop local ahead of Small Business Saturday

Small business in the bay area are getting ready for their big holiday shopping day

Small business in the bay area are getting ready for their big holiday shopping day

Small Business Saturday in downtown Rochester Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country.

"As part of the whole holiday season shopping or for Christmas gifts, pay special attention to the small retailer on the corner whose kid is in the local schools and who shops in our community as well", she said.

Tomorrow is "Small Business Saturday", a day to celebrate small retailers and shop local, said News-Times Business Pulse editor Elise Clouser Wednesday.

We're just a few hours away from Small Business Saturday starting up.

"The campaign started in 2010 by American Express to encourage people to "shop small" and to inject small business with a much needed shot in the arm". Created to counter Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which promote large retailers and e-commerce, it encourages shoppers to visit local brick-and-mortar stores.

Another reason to keep your holiday shopping local is that through sales taxes, you're adding to the tax base, allowing the city, county and state to better our roads, public safety and various other services.

Alpena Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Anne Gentry said numerous Alpena businesses participating in Small Business Saturday will offer specials and extend their business hours for the holiday season.

"Small businesses are the bedrock of the community, they show the health of it, they show the variety of it", said Sarah Bagby, owner of Watermark Books & Cafe.

We'll never tell you to never shop online or not to comparison shop. In fact, the latest Small Business Economic Impact Study from American Express estimates two-thirds of every dollar spent at a small business stays in the community.

"You look at the employment levels, small business makes America work".

Friday may have been all about the big-box deals, but Saturday, it's all about shopping small. It's a nice way to do your holiday shopping for everyone on your list, and maybe get a little something for yourself too, all the while supporting the local economy.

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