Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

In this holiday season, do not forget to Shop Small

In this holiday season, do not forget to Shop Small

Originating in 2010, Small Business Saturday falls the day after the infamous "Black Friday", the day where consumers nationwide line up at dawn to take advantage of large scale retailers' discount holiday sales and promotions. These organizations also conduct training events throughout the district.

In Florida previous year, small business owners saw revenue on Small Business Saturday jump by 141 percent over average daily revenue, according to a study released by San Francisco-based Womply, which provides data and software to small businesses across the country.

So grab a left-over turkey sandwich for the road, ditch those elbow pads you used to snag deals Friday and get ready for some leisurely browsing and downtown sidewalk small talk Saturday before you lock yourself in the bedroom glued to a laptop Monday. But he believes this year shoppers will notice more small businesses with an online presence. Small Business Saturday is also a reminder to support local artisans by shopping at craft shows for unique gifts that can not be found anywhere else.

"Hopefully, it will continue to grow as the years progress and we can encourage all our local residents to support one another", she said. "While the chamber's mission is to advocate for an environment in which our businesses can prosper, our outcomes are building healthy businesses and healthy communities and small businesses help us create those outcomes". From 11:30 2:30 p.m. on November 25, the Exeter Chamber of Commerce is offering free carriage rides on N. E St. throughout downtown Exeter.

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Some local businesses participating are Fort Payne Footworks & Outdoors, Addie Kate's Farmhouse Finds Fort Payne, Katherine's Gallery and Custom Framing, LLC, Relics Antiques and Collectibles, The Spot Coffee Shop, Elizabeth's Closet, Boom Town Makers Market, Pink Door Boutique, The Rusted Arrow, The Package Store, Fort Payne, AL, Golden Treasures/ Treasures, Hammer's Fort Payne, The Salvation Army Fort Payne/DeKalb County, Big Mill Co - Artisans and Antiques, The Strand, Tiger Lily Flowers and Gifts, Traci's, Ashe. About half of all American workers are either employed by a small business or own a small business.

"I think it's important to support local business". Also Cotton Tails Children's Boutique is rewarding customers with a $15 gift card for purchases of $100 or more. Nearly half of CT employees are employed by small businesses. Because when small businesses succeed, we all do. Many of them will post information here first. Share it on social media with hashtags #BBB and #ShopSmall and tell the world why you love small businesses.

"Aside from employing a huge number of people in our community, small businesses in Wilson provide the unique goods and experiences that differentiate our market from other communities our size", Simons said.

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