Louis area tops for 'Small Business Saturday'

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Visit your favorite local stores, try some new ones, get a head start on the holidays and enjoy time with loved ones.

Small Business Saturday, a holiday tradition for promoting local businesses, is being celebrated by a number of local businesses November 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. "You want to make sure you can get into those stores and see everything they have to offer". The store will be closed today.

"Small Business Saturday has been around for several years now and it is a great day to say a special "thank you" to the small businesses in our communities", explained Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce President Bud Stone.

Small Business Saturday is dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Even if they aren't offering a special deal, shop there anyway. For more information, contact Tokie Ogawa at 270-7415.

Lucy Carr at Leonard's Hardware said Black Friday deals include camouflage buy one get another half off; pocket knives 40 percent off; all Christmas items an extra 30 percent off; by a Yeti cooler and get a 30-ounce rambler free; gas and electric heaters an extra 10 percent off; and buy one get another half off jewelry and purses.

Stay local, shop small, save big on Small Business Saturday
Local Businesses Gear up for Small Business Saturday

Many merchants are getting ready for the big day. According to the Small Business Administration, the 28 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all sales in the U.S. Plus. small businesses have provided 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all new jobs since the 1970s. The drawing will be at Culbertson Fountain at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday and winners must be present.

According to history.com, The first recorded use of the term "Black Friday" was applied not to holiday shopping but to the financial crisis of the USA gold market on September 24, 1869. "So, I'm just tightening my belt, gearing up, going to be here, and hope that people are coming in and that they'll be gracious and patient with me". On that Friday in September, the conspiracy finally unraveled, sending the stock market into freefall and bankrupting everyone from Wall Street barons to farmers. The other investment you make by shopping local is through sales tax.

On the biggest shopping weekends of the year, an estimated 164 million Americans plan to do at least a little holiday buying, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. They're more likely to develop partnerships and strengthen ties with people in the neighborhood. "Go shop at these stores!" Sides will be watching is how malls fare for the opening of the season, as shoppers increasingly go online or to discounters.

"I think it's important to support local business".

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