Shop Local and on Small Business Saturday
Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving has been known as Black Friday, a day that many large retail stores offer unbelievable deals to get you started on your holiday gift giving venture. This year, consider starting your local holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday instead. Held annually the Saturday after Thanksgiving, this is an awesome way to get your shopping started while supporting small, local businesses in your community. Here are a few reasons why it’s a great idea to shop local and on Small Business Saturday.
1. You help create jobs in the community when you shop at local businesses.
Money spent in locally-owned businesses, builds a stronger business financially which then creates more employment opportunities, in-turn putting more money back into the community. When you make a purchase at a small business, you are doing your part to stimulate the local economy.
2. Your tax dollars stay local.
Shopping at small businesses helps keep money within the community. Your tax dollars stay local, going toward public services, better schools, and libraries.
3. Small businesses give back locally more often.
Small businesses are more likely to go beyond writing a check to a local cause and are more likely to get involved and develop a partnership with others. Local establishments often serve as community hubs for events and fundraisers, like a pizza parlor sponsoring a little league fundraiser for the neighborhood team.
4. Shopping at one local business often helps other local businesses.
Many small businesses tend to offer products that are made in-house or locally; creating a ripple effect in the local economy by supporting essentially more then one local business with a purchase. Shoppers are also more likely stop by other independent retailers in the vicinity. Small business owners are also more likely to use other local businesses for their needs, such as local printers, accountants, attorneys.
5. Small businesses offer a broader range and more unique products. You don’t want to sport the same look as your friends or have the same cookie-cutter furnishings. Small businesses can help you get away from the mass-produced items found at big box chains and help you find one-of-a-kind items for your home or unique gifts for your significant other. You’ll also be able to find locally-owned businesses that are more available for custom orders.
6. Supporting locally-owned businesses helps keep communities diverse and gives them distinctive character.
Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a place with nothing but strip malls and big box stores? Walkable town centers with small businesses add to the vibrancy and uniqueness of a community and are essential in keeping the small-town feel. By participating in Small Business Saturday, you’re making sure independent businesses continue to thrive. It would be tough for the charming trinkets shop or the mom and pop deli around the corner to stay afloat without your patronage.
7. Community decisions are made by more people that are actually living in the community. Local business ownership ensures that important decisions are being made by people that will also feel the impact of those decisions.
8. Entrepreneurship is the key to the future. Encouraging local entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity to build a better future. Small businesses attract an array of talented individuals that will learn more skills in the smaller setting leading to a better ability to adapt to situations and problem solve quickly. It is a stepping-stone for many to find their own business path and help families move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
This upcoming season, and year-round, consider shopping at small, locally-owned businesses more often. It’s a great way to get better acquainted with your neighborhood and support the community that you live in.
Small Business Saturday 2017
November 25th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kick-off the holiday shopping season with Small Business Saturday! Uptown Marion Main Street and Marion Chamber of Commerce invites you to come out and enjoy holiday music as you shop and dine in Uptown Marion.