Shop local: Small Business Saturday is this weekend

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Those who walk into Alex & Afton Vintedge on Small Business Saturday may feel as if they've stumbled upon a house party.

"That extra revenue because of the support of the local community allowed us to create more jobs", Zander said.

Even if you intend to join the mass of Americans who shop online on CyberMonday, that doesn't mean you also can not and should not support the stores in our community.

The SBAC says 80 percent of all businesses in Savannah are small businesses which is why O'Reilly says check one out, especially over the holidays.

"That's essentially the same breakdown for the county and the state".

It can mean strolling to the local coffee shop and shopping in a store where the owner knows your name.

"We get to hear about how pleased people were with their gifts last season, and how someone's aunt loves lavender and someone's daughters adore tropical fruit scents."Lapic said her staff find themselves covered in shea butter and Dead Sea mud "every night during the season", but are "exhausted and exhilarated".

It can be hard for small businesses to compete with big stores and the big Black Friday deals they offer, "but we are definitely trying to encourage people to shop local and support small businesses", said Michelle Gonzalez, executive director of the Sweeny Chamber of Commerce. Following the Great Recession, American Express started a campaign to help small entrepreneurs gain additional local exposure and to remind consumers to support stores, restaurants and other businesses within their own communities during the holiday season.

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There will be opportunities to win prizes from local businesses as well as an opportunity to enter into a drawing to win 1-thousand dollars from local sponsors. "You're supporting your neighbors and friends". "They're passionate about what they do".

Small Business Saturday is a big deal for West Reading.

Jason Smith is a reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times.

Several businesses along High Street will run specials.According to the authority's website, Small Business Saturday kicks off a long list of events in its Pottstown Hometown Holiday Celebration that goes into December.

In Ghent, East Coast Bicycles is preparing for its eighth Small Business Saturday. It is easy and convenient to order something online and have it delivered to your doorstep. "It doesn't seem like it would fit American Express' business model, but they really do promote it for us small business owners".

Holiday shopping is about more than buying things.

"They have thought that, as long as they are going to be around this area, why not just go into business for themselves instead of working for somebody else", Venable said. Among returning features like free horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa Saturdays, visitors throughout the next month will be able to take advantage of many new features, such as a Teddy bear room and a wrapped mystery gift room that raises money for the United Way.

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