In Our View: There's nothing small about small businesses

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

Businesses in downtown Alpena and Rogers City are preparing for Small Business Saturday, which kicks off the holiday shopping season by asking consumers to shop locally. Because shopping locally is paramount, we implore shoppers to shop locally.

This Thanksgiving weekend shopping event is sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and is intended as an opportunity for people to specifically support those small businesses that are the backbone of many communities across the United States.

To search for local businesses in your community, find them on the American Express website.

"When you buy something from a local shop, you buy that product, and that money doesn't just go to a national corporation or a national investor", she said.

"Small Business Saturday is great for us because it means that we're connecting with people in our community". "Small business is the largest economic driver in the nation", Henry said. Enjoy entertainment and eating delicious baked goods while visiting a variety of vendor booths from local business owners. This annual promotion was founded in 2010 by American Express, and was adopted a few years later by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Dozens of businesses are participating.

A year ago alone, 108 million shoppers spent $12.9 billion at small businesses, according to the 2018 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey. The business will also offer garland at pre-cut lengths, which is new this year, and taking orders for custom garland lengths. Hoping to avoid Black Friday crowds and support local brick-and-mortar stores in your community?

The shopping will be followed by the association's annual tree lighting with Santa, which King said they expect will draw between 1,200 and 1,500 people, many of whom will hopefully browse some of the downtown shops.

Particularly in more rural areas like here in Lincoln County, we rely on small businesses for so many things, and as a whole, they provide many, many jobs and contribute significantly to our local economy.



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