Support Local Businesses on Small Business Saturday!

Thursday, 23 Nov, 2017

In the past few years the small business shopping holiday has grown.

Murphy manages a small gift store along Twin Bridges' Main Street, and said she feels good about supporting her community and other Montana owned and operated businesses. The National Retail Federation predicts that holiday sales will increase between 3.6 percent and 4 percent this year, for a total of $678.8 billion to $682 billion, up from $655.8 billion last year. Revenue was 144 percent of normal on December 23, the day before Christmas Eve.

In Roanoke's Grandin Village, Urban Gypsy recently created an online store, and owner Ashley Shaffner said she plans to offer Cyber Monday discounts along with Small Business Saturday deals.

Hellebuyck's will be among the many local small businesses looking to welcome holiday shoppers during Small Business Saturday on November 25. While people generally devote the day after their spending frenzy as a sort of shopping hangover recovery, many tend to forget that the following day is Small Business Saturday.

According to the Small Business Administration, approximately 2.6 million small businesses operate across the state of Texas and make up more than 90% of all the business in the state. On the big day, residents are encouraged to invite their friends to Shop Small and show love for their favorite places.

While larger corporate stores do offer a variety of services for shoppers, the personalized service and specialization of local owners ensures that customers come first.

"Small businesses are the backbone of our community".

Hull, whose name has become synonymous with high-quality, highly customizable drones for all types of uses in the Valley, said most of his sales during the holidays shopping season are for entry-level remote control cars and trucks and drones.

Hours for businesses on Small Business Saturday will vary depending on the business.

For shoppers who will be out of town this weekend, Wilson Community College Small Business Director Melissa Evans says not to fret because the Small Business Rocks campaign will go through the end of the year. Welch said it's important to shop locally because it supports entrepreneurship and sustains vibrant downtowns.

Meola noted that the number of participating businesses grows annually.

"However, we're able to try new and unique things and it doesn't hurt the bottom line", she said. ". In our case specifically, we serve all North Carolina products so not only are they supporting our family, but they're supporting dozens if not hundreds of North Carolina families".