Small Business Saturday highlights year-round impact

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The Meadville chamber partners with the national campaign by American Express to get "Shop Small" gift items and distributes an assortment of tote bags, stickers and pens to downtown businesses for the day, according to Karen Staudt, communications coordinator at the chamber.

"It seems like Small Business Saturday has really grown over the last few years and I think more people are taking advantage of the opportunity to spend more time with their families after Thanksgiving and do some downtown shopping", Mainstreet Piqua Execuive Director Lorna Swisher said.

While it's only been six years, the day is already embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition.

Are you shopping at your favorite small business this Saturday?

Almost three dozen downtown Tucson merchants are taking part in Small Business Saturday, celebrated on November 25 this year.

Many downtown Culpeper stores will be open from 10 a.m.to 8 p.m., and some will offer store specials, discounts and complementary refreshments. For many small businesses, the four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are a crucial period that could determine whether they are profitable for the year.

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However, Mrs. Aucter said the primary intent of the new initiative is to provide shoppers with information on stores in the county that are participating in Small Business Saturday and deals they are offering.

Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.

Southern Grace Boutique participates in Small Business Saturday every year and they are preparing their store for the crowd.

"We want you to pamper yourself after you have taken care of everybody else", George said. New fishing poles and deer feeders as well as pretty scarfs can all be purchased from local small businesses right here in Gilchrist County. If you spot him, you might win a prize, Loy said. That's what we say here is shop Auburn and shop small.

Myrna Ballard, president of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, used the statistics of the chamber's membership to show the prominence of small businesses in the community. You can find small businesses in your community by using ShopSmallNow.com or by checking with your local chamber or merchants' association.

The event was created by credit card company American Express in 2010, after the Wall Street crash of 2008-09. The list of participants and their deals can be found at Fredericksburg VA Main Street Inc.'s Fredericksburg Downtown page on Facebook.

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