Local Economies See Boost With Another Successful Small Business Saturday

Local small businesses throughout the U.S. benefit from the third annual Small Business Saturday movement.

In 2010, American Express began the movement with the emphasis of supporting businesses that are run locally. According to business owners, it’s not just about helping them out; the community sees the benefits of it.

On North Shore streets, people walked in and out of stores and boutiques in the hunt for gifts for loved ones. According to Terri Ann Kelly, N2Shoes employee, the business saw a lot of traffic with many of them realizing it was Small Business Saturday.

Settled between Cyber Monday and Black Friday, this is the day that many small businesses look forward to. And, the workers of N2Shoes were busy.

Kelly said she believes Chattanooga has been doing a good job in bringing new small businesses with a supportive community helping them as well.

According to one shopper Normal Conklin, her father owned a small business and she completely supports the movement. And, for all shoppers who have the same feeling as Conklin, this is the opportunity to see main street flourish.

When people shop locally, the money stays in the community, she said.

Sherra Lewis, who owns the “Go Fish” store, said most of the money goes to the community, which is why it is so important to spend money in the local-owned businesses. Besides locating those unique treasures, the Small Business Saturday movement is about keeping a sense of community.

She said people will find unique items and customer service that national stores cannot provide their customers. If a local business cannot help you find something, they’ll assist you in looking for it in another local shop.

One unidentified shopper said local business and small business makes up America, and being supportive of America is good.

Every year, the movement increases in size. According to American Express, over 100 million customers took advantage of the movement and spent their money in local businesses.

And, the word from small business owners is that for every 70 cents of a $1 spent, it all stays local – services, paychecks and taxes.

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