SBA administrator pushes shopping, dining on Small Business Saturday this weekend

"I find it very important for that reason too".

Dan Negley, owner of Breakaway Cycling in downtown DE, said his customer base often is more excited about college football than shopping small on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

When we had a snow day or a sick day, we could spend precious family time together, something that matters to me even more now that I live in NY and they still live in Maine. "It can have a big impact economically with more than 60 percent of money spent at locally owned businesses being reinvested back into our community in the form of paychecks to employees, tax revenue, local spending at other businesses and more", cited Maple-Damewood.

The holiday season is here and while deals at major retail stores will dominate the headlines on Black Friday, local stores will be the focus come Saturday. In 2012, President Obama joined governors, mayors and other local officials in all 50 states in championing Small Business Saturday.

"The majority of the Chamber's membership is made up of small businesses, as is the backbone of the business community throughout the U.S", Liberty County Chamber of Commerce CEO Leah Poole said. "Kick off your holiday shopping by checking out all the great merchandise your local stores have stocked up on for you".

Last year, according to the post-holiday survey released by NFIB and American Express, 95 million Americans reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, and they spent more than $16 billion, an increase of 14 percent from the previous year. "People were pushing back and saying 'We want to support small businesses in our community, ' " she said.

The start of holiday shopping season for local small and independent businesses begins Saturday.

"You also see many people coming in who say, 'Thank goodness there's something to do while the rest of my family watches the game, ' " she said.

"We have about 15 businesses in Shelby". "We've already had a lot of people through the store buying Christmas presents".

You've heard of Black Friday. Co-owners Chris and Lori Momberg will be offering their rolls, coffee, scones and bagels on Saturday.

• Support local job growth: Small businesses create two out of three net new private-sector jobs in the US which spurs economic development and job growth. She plans to open the doors to her home on Saturday - where her inventory of women's clothes has inundated what was once her bedroom - in hopes of attracting some in-person customers. Not only will you be saving money on gas by shopping locally, you will also be saving time by avoiding the crowds and traffic at large retailers on this busy shopping weekend. The Shop Small page on Facebook offers tips on shopping small, suggestions for crafts and baking projects that include items purchased from local small businesses, and more.

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